Have you ever had the feeling of PURE EXHAUSTION?
Like the feeling that you just can't get out of bed in the morning. The type of tired that seems to haunt you throughout the day. The kind of exhausted where you can't think straight, you're moody, stressed becomes an understatement, and you are tapped out on the creativity front.
Ever been there?
Unfortunately, I know ALL too well what that feels like to being completely burnt out. Once when I was back in my investment banking days and actually just recently.
The thing is, I knew better. I knew it was coming. I could feel the exhaustion coming. I just couldn't stop it. Because honestly, I didn't know what to do.
Which is why when I decided to theme Season 2 of the Your Career Story podcast, I wanted to make sure we talked about burnout. So, I brought on two of my dear friends - Meredith Boggs and Katie Norris - to talk about their own vulnerable experiences with burnout, how they arrived to those points, and the things they did to help get themselves through and out.
In this episode we talk about:
- The meaning of work-life balance.
- The average day-to-day for Meredith and Katie and how they balance it to avoid burnout.
- Meredith and Katie’s burnout stories and what burnout means to them.
- What Meredith and Katie did to heal and stop their burnout from happening.
- How Meredith separates work life and personal life, and what she does on her resting periods to help recharge and unwind.
- Katie’s thoughts on mindset shifts for the “work-hard” mentality.
- Meredith’s suggestions for creating boundaries and shutoff.
- Processes Meredith and Katie do to mitigate burnout and self-care practices they do to keep themselves in check.
Also, we thought it would be really fun to give you some smartphone screen locks to remind you to REST, take it easy, and try to maintain a healthy work-life balance. You can check out a couple below or hop on over to Instagram to save them for yourself!
A bit about Meredith:
Meredith is a registered nurse, blogger & podcaster. She works as a trauma & transport nurse in the emergency department at a level one trauma center. She is a certified emergency nurse (CEN) a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and has a background in critical care. The Other Half is her blog & podcast where she & her husband Justin go off script telling stories & sharing poignant insights on the Enneagram, entrepreneurship & relationships, talking about real life that doesn't make the highlight reel. They live in their hometown of Nashville Tennessee with their black lab Lady.
Meredith’s Website: https://www.meredithwboggs.com/
Meredith’s Instagram: @meredithwboggs
The Other Half Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-other-half/id1459160306
A bit about Katie:
Katie Norris left her fire escape in New York City for a front porch in Nashville. She is an online marketing director in book publishing and a writer. You'll probably find her reading a book or obsessing over how-good her coffee really is. You can connect with her on Instagram (@KickinKate).L
Katie’s Instagram: @kickinkate
Quotes you're going to love:
- Katie - “I was working full time jobs and I was just coming home and feeling really exhausted, but I didn't really know even how to express myself.”
- Meredith - “We kind of noticed it early on and we said, it's coming sooner or later we've got to figure out how to mitigate this, how to set some boundaries so that we don't get to this place that's really burnout.”
- Jena - “It's like laying on the bathroom floor at work and just being like, I have got to get out, this cannot go on any longer.”
- Katie - “What am I going to care most about when I'm on my deathbed?” … “I don't know that I'm going to have a long-term impact and then when I die, I'm going to look back and say this was worth it.”
- “The place God calls you to is the place where your gladness and the world’s deep hunger coincide.”
- Meredith - “You have to put yourself first and you have to have boundaries.”
- Jena - “You want to be a woman who focuses on building wealth and relationships and building things for long-term success, not just for the quick thing that could change tomorrow.”
- Katie - “For me it's really getting home with enough daylight and time to get outside to go for a walk or run or something like that, and that just sets me in the right mental space.”
- Meredith - “I need to have something fun to look forward to.”
What to do When You’re on the Verge of Burnout
June 5, 2019