How To Beat Burnout

Stress-Less Physician

Aug 8 2022 • 36 mins

Burnout is a frequently used term in our society. But what exactly is it? What goes on inside your brain and your body when you experience burnout? What are some signs that you’re burned out and need to make changes?

In this episode, I open up about my experience with burnout. I had pushed myself and my mind to the point that I had to get away. I needed a sabbatical. And even though it wasn’t easy to make happen, I took that time. And within it, I discovered the power of mindfulness and coaching. I learned that you can, in fact, retrain your brain. You can heal the damage from burnout and even prevent it in the future. Let me share with you what I’ve learned about how to beat burnout.

“Can you start to choose thoughts that reinforce a sense of your own empowerment, your own ability to respond to the world and the events in it?... Maybe it’s something like: This too shall pass… This won’t last forever… I can do hard things… Those are just some examples… in which the way I think about it can cause me to feel less stressed out, less burned out.” – Dr. Sara Dill

What You’ll Learn

  • Definition and signs of burnout
  • My experience
  • Your brain on burnout
  • Recovery from (and prevention of) burnout
  • De-escalate stress
  • Retrain your brain
  • Focus on what you do control
  • Alter your self-talk
  • Change your thinking
  • Examine your willingness to suffer

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