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MY THOUGHTS ON THE BURNOUT EPIDEMIC (PART ONE)

December 21, 2019


Burnout isn’t a badge of honor, and I think
we are paying attention to the wrong thing. We might actually create an environment where
people can be both successful and nourished, nurtured, whole instead of fragmented and
pulled apart. I’d like to welcome you here. My name is Heather. I’m a self-care and empowerment coach. I love it if you subscribe to my channel and
hit that bell to get notified when I release a new video every Thursday. We’re living in a culture that’s celebrating
this idea of working yourself to exhaustion and we’re celebrating and a lot of attention
is being paid to people who are crying themselves out of the depths of exhaustion and illness. That’s as a result of burnout. And I think we are paying attention to the
wrong thing. I’m personally disturbed by what I’m seeing
as a trend right now. And if anybody’s not familiar with what I’m
talking about, there’s a lot of conversation about burnout among YouTubers and these people
who are very visible in the world and they’re sharing their experiences of burnout. I can’t tell you how many emails that have
come into my inbox lately from people who are very visible, who have huge audiences
sharing their very personal stories of burnout. And when I’m pairing that with conversations
that I’m having with people, I practice yoga with, people that I dance with. My coaching clients who are also talking about
this very real impact that burnout is having on their lives. I’m sitting here going, something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong. I’m wondering why we’re paying so much attention
to the burnout rather than paying attention to the prevention of burnout. In other words, how can we start having conversations
about what it means to take care of what it means to show ourselves love, what it means
to slow down in a culture that value speed over rest. What it means to say no instead of yes to
everything and everyone all the time. I neared burnout in 2013. I was traveling 90% of the time. I only saw my husband six times in 2013 and
those six times were over long weekends. My health was suffering, my mental well-being
was suffering. My relationship with suffering, relationships
with my friends and family were suffering. And I was close to that burnout that’s being
described by so many people, but I don’t view that as something I should celebrate. What I do think is that I’m viewing it as
something that’s very wrong with where we are placing our emphasis. I came to doing the work I’m doing through
a movement and coaching because I want to celebrate this fundamental shift of personal
empowerment through self care. That we actually can give ourselves permission
to tune into what’s okay for us and for our systems, for physical, mental, emotional,
energetic and spiritual well-being versus feeling like we have to conform to a system
that is saying do everything you can to deny what your gut, what your soul is telling you
is okay for you. I don’t believe you should have to work to
burnout to have the success you want in your life. I don’t believe you should have to exhaust
yourself to tune into and start living your passive purpose. I firmly believed that if we actually slowed
down and paid attention to what was happening inside, to the sensations, to the thoughts,
to the feelings, we might actually create an environment where people can be both successful
and nourished, nurtured, whole instead of fragmented and pulled apart. And maybe I’m alone in this thought, but I’m
really troubled by how this whole burnout conversation is being framed right now. I think some people might look at these stories
of burnout and be inspired thinking, I have to work to this point of exhaustion. I have to work and struggle and burn myself
out if I’m going to achieve that level of success. I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it because I’ve seen a shift in
my work when I’m actually tuned in, when I actually take time to rest, when I take time
to reflect, when I take time to nourish my body through movement, through food, through
connection with others, and I’ve seen it transform how the people I work with are living their
daily lives as well. We get to define what success is and we get
to choose how we get there. It’s all a process. Can we give ourselves permission to not process,
to burn out buttons, to process and nourish? I hope there are others out there who are
committed to changing this dynamic, this epidemic of burnout. I hope there are others out there who are
choosing to say no to this idea of exhaustion and yes to rest and nourishing and tuning
in because that’s where I see the magic happen. That’s where I see people fall in love with
themselves. That’s where I see people light up and reengage
with their lives. That’s where I know our joy current can be
followed. If you’re ready to join me to slow down, to
take time to reflect, to tune in and to walk your path of purpose in a different way, in
a way that is full of soul and hope, that’s informed by your inner wisdom, then let me
know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your reflections on this
epidemic of burnout. I’d love to know your thoughts and reflections
on this idea of slowing down. Thank you so much for joining me here and
for being a part of my connection and community. Stay ignited out there. I’ll see you soon.

27 Comments

  • Reply Heather Evans Coaching March 15, 2019 at 2:51 am

    What are your thoughts on the burnout epidemic?

  • Reply Lisa Goldenthal March 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    This is a good point in the hustle hustle hustle age!

  • Reply laurie orth March 28, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Great video Heather! I’m sharing it with a friend who needs to hear it.

  • Reply Pregnancy and Postpartum TV March 28, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Yes! I want to be successful and nourished! I’m trying to build a business where my family and health is my priority! I do try to make no my first response. Great video ?

  • Reply Your Best Designed Career March 28, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Agree so much with you on this! Great video!

  • Reply Stacey Agin Murray, Professional Organizer March 28, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Somehow 'burnout' has become a 'badge of honor' in our society. I'm hoping there will be some kind of global movement to slow down in the near future. But workplace and parenting expectations, as well as unattainable expectations put on us by society have to change first.

  • Reply Balanced to the Core March 28, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    A powerful message and SOOOO true. We CAN be successful and nourished – we have to see the long game, we have to see it as a lifestyle that's sustainable. The shift is happening. I think people are seeing the value of rest and reflection. Keep teaching it, girl! We can change the epidemic! Choose NO to exhaustion! And YES to magic!! Love your channel.

  • Reply Trina Belcik March 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Great message!!

  • Reply APS Team Solutions March 28, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Yes. This. It seems our society glorifies "success" at any cost and almost looks down on those who choose not to walk that path. Here's to balance, self-care, and defining your own version of success!

  • Reply Lama Jigme Gyatso: Meditate Like a Jedi March 29, 2019 at 2:12 am

    burnout is an important signal that we've taken a wrong turn

  • Reply RegEdited March 29, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I needed to hear this! Having so much struggle with burnout epidemic such as corporate America. It is not sustainable in my opinion. We are human not machines. Prevention is key and I appreciate you! Great video! Waiting for the next series!

  • Reply Stephanie Barstad March 29, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I completely agree with you, way too much emphasis on overworking. I cut my work hours couple years ago and it’s been the best thing!! I’m a better wife, mom, friend, and PT because of it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts ?

  • Reply Diana Palm March 29, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Great message Heather! I like what you say about prevention of burnout and putting more focus on nurturing the self.

  • Reply BWoodPhotography March 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Excellent video Heather!! I think in today's world fragmentation is a plague. When I was coaching high school sports, I was amazed at the difference in those athletes that focused their skills on one or two sports and didn't try and do everything, focusing on a few key things is crucial to succeeding. We do need to be nourished and strengthened by what we're doing. I am so blest to be able to do work that allows me to 'stop and smell the roses' on a daily basis.

  • Reply Kajana Club March 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    thanks for sharing your thoughts on burnout

  • Reply Jane Stoller March 31, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    We have to take care of ourselves too

  • Reply The Restart Specialist March 31, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    BURNOUT IS NOT A BADGE OF HONOR!!! Heather you hit it on the head. The photography industry is so ridden with burnout because people honestly believe the more they do the more successful the will be. I see so many people inflicted with this disease that it truly hurts my heart. What a great video as always.

  • Reply Trish Mckinnley March 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Nailed it Heather! I love your self-nurturing emphasis!

  • Reply julia glesti March 31, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    omg yes !! as a yoga teacher i focus on stress-reduction. stress is just everywhere nowadays … and people think it is normal if you want to be successfull. thanks for talking about this important topic !

  • Reply Marion Ivers March 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I like how uplifting you sound when talking about such an exhausting topic. It makes me sit back and reflect.

  • Reply MaverickRx April 1, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Great message! My YouTube partner and I often talk about how important it is to “Just say no” sometimes.

  • Reply Angie Navarro April 1, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Gosh, I can totally relate. I worked myself to the max and ended up in the ER. I felt depressed and unmotivated for months. Thankfully I got through it and now manage my time much better.

  • Reply Heather Beckett April 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I'm a full time wife, mom, Nurse, and Social Media Marketing Influencer so I def get the burn out feeling at times, but I keep on trucking b/c I am passionate about all of these things and that's what I have to do to please myself..lol. Us women are crazy! Loved the video!

  • Reply Kathleen Reilly Lee April 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Heather! Love the focus of your videos! I am such a big believer in mindfulness especially in the digital age.

  • Reply Natalie Clare April 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I love this video! This is a topic many people need to hear. Life never used to be so stressful. Thank you <3

  • Reply Ruth Kudzi Coaching April 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    This really just shows how competitive the world now is. Back in the day, this is probably unthinkable. 🙂

  • Reply Nat and Sandy Yoga April 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    YES!! Burnout prevention…so important. Burnout AKA adrenal fatigue. No bueno 🙁

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