Watching my friend lose self-confidence

Watching my friend lose self-confidence recently became a light bulb moment for me. Debbie (not her real name) was exhausted. I would have to say that she was on the verge of burnout, if not already there. She has been pushing herself hard at work (ironically, in healthcare) – and helping others for free.  I [...]

Burnout recovery tip 12: Drugs, anxiety and my rap song

Drugs. It's a wonderful word, isn't it? Say the word 'drugs' to someone and you are destined to raise some kind of emotion in them (fear, hatred, glee, etc). But what that emotion is will depend on that person's relationship to drugs.    What do you think about drugs? You might reply, 'It depends..are we [...]

Elizabeth Gilbert, Elaine Aron and the depression thing

In the best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert called them 'goons'. She was referring to 'Depression' and 'Lonliness'.       The goons arrived to meet her as the sun was setting over the Villa Borghese in Rome. Despite the beautiful situ, Depression took her identity while Lonliness interrogated her about her motives for happiness. [...]

Turning dark daze to baby blue

Yesterday I was feeling pretty lousy.  You know those days that can officially be called 'The dark end of the street'?   But I found myself doing something a little different to turn that feeling right around…   I picked up the phone and called a friend.  Doesn't sound unusual, I know.  But wait, there's [...]

About burnout and this thing

My Burnout Thing is a personal exploration about – you guessed it – burnout.  That is, when a person is feeling burned out…like really wired-tired for a good stint.  And I’m hoping this site is personal for both of us (being a burnout blog, this baby is interactive).  Through My Burnout Thing we will be [...]