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Managing Burnout In Our Lives Today

Speakers: Dr. Gonca Soyer

May 5, 2022

Finding Balance and Self-Care Strategies for Women Facing Burnout

You may not call it burnout, but we all experience stress in different shapes and forms. Throw in a career, motherhood, and/or young kids in the mix. Life gets messy, things get messy, and we as women tend to carry this messiness whichever stage we are in our lives.

Sometimes we call it "overwhelming conditions", sometimes we call it "I'm just tired", or "It's just been stressful". Some of us are pretty well-rounded when it comes to understanding it and managing it, and some of us are not that good. And really, what is "self-care" that we hear from every influencer anyway? Let's dig into what burnout is, how it affects us daily, and what to do about it.

Burnout is a term that we hear more and more these days, especially in the context of the stresses and pressures that come with being a modern woman. Whether it's juggling a career, motherhood, caring for young children, or any number of other responsibilities, many of us find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and on the brink of burnout.

But what exactly is burnout, and why does it happen? Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress, usually related to work or caregiving responsibilities. It can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of detachment, frustration, cynicism, and a loss of motivation and energy.

While burnout can affect anyone, women are particularly vulnerable, as we often bear the brunt of caregiving responsibilities and societal expectations around work-life balance. The demands of modern life can leave us feeling like we're constantly treading water, struggling to keep up with everything on our plates.

So what can we do about burnout? One of the first steps is to understand what self-care really means. It's not just about bubble baths and massages (though those can certainly be helpful!), but about taking a holistic approach to caring for ourselves, body and mind. This might include things like getting enough sleep, eating well, staying active, and finding ways to manage stress and anxiety.

It's also important to recognize that burnout is not a personal failing, but a systemic issue that affects many women in our society. By acknowledging this, we can start to challenge the unrealistic expectations and pressures that contribute to burnout and begin to create more supportive environments for ourselves and each other.

Finally, it's important to seek support when we need it. Whether that means talking to a trusted friend or family member, seeking out a therapist or counselor, or finding a support group for women experiencing burnout, we don't have to face these challenges alone.

In the end, it's crucial to remember that burnout is not a badge of honor or a sign of strength. It's a real and serious issue that affects many women, and it's up to us to take care of ourselves and each other as we navigate the challenges of modern life. By understanding burnout and taking steps to prevent and manage it, we can create a brighter, more fulfilling future for ourselves and those we love.

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