Feeling burned out is pretty common. Having a few days at the office that lasted a little too long, maybe not sleeping that great, and all of a sudden, you’ve got nothing left in the tank. After a day or two off, you feel well rested and ready to get back into it. Unless you don’t.
Experiencing burnout, or compassion fatigue, isn’t something that can always be resolved that easily, and it can very much consume you. For me in the world of animal advocacy, it’s a topic we discuss frequently, and, particularly in wildlife rehabilitation or pet rescue, good people are lost to burn out regularly. I know for people in high stress industries like healthcare, police or military, or education, burning out is also a recognized risk. But anyone can experience the symptoms of burnout. And anyone can combat that burnout with balance in their life.
I was thrilled to be able to include Kate Howie – my wife – in this podcast. Burnout and compassion fatigue are topics Kate and I discuss regularly, and she’s given seminars on the subject that were a big help to a lot of people. That, plus her background in the field of healthcare, specifically mental health and addiction, made her the ideal interview on this subject. To discuss how to identify burnout, what tools we can use to combat it, and how we can ask for help without fear, Kate joined The Everyday Fray.
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