After all of the challenges and exhaustion of this past year, burnout has become more than a buzzword. 

For many of us, it has manifested in real symptoms that affect the way we manage and experience everyday life. 

While feelings of physical and mental exhaustion are problematic in themselves, they also lend themselves to other, equally problematic side effects. 

For example, when you notice the early signs of burnout, you might find that you’re naturally inclined to compare yourself to your coworkers with a similar workload – particularly if they seem to be managing better. 

Cue guilt, self doubt, imposter syndrome – all of it, all at once – and when it affects one person in an organization, the impact tends to extend beyond the individual and into the culture at large. 

The good news is, there are ways to reverse this trend, but it’s no quick fix. Rather than surface-level “self-care” treatments, we need to take a deeper, more introspective approach. 

In between episodes of the She Burns podcast, Hannah talked through all of this and more on a recent episode of the Fundraising Superheroes podcast with host Sabrina Sciscente. 

So, what’s this episode really about? 

  • The true face of burnout
  • How burnout feeds into comparison, guilt and shame
  • The influence of your upbringing on your experience of burnout
  • Why “self-caring” yourself out of burnout isn’t the way – and what to do instead 
  • Practical tips for employers on helping their team avoid burnout  

Why you should listen 

If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re just having a bad day, followed by another (and another), you’ll relate to the frustration of feeling “trapped” in your burnout – and you’ll find a few useful, practical solutions and suggestions in this episode. 


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You can quote me on that… 

“[Burnout] isn’t just a bad day at work – basically, it’s when a variety of your dominos have collapsed and you have nothing left.” – Hannah Austin

“A lot of times, it’s the shoulds in your head and society that are causing these feelings of burnout, and [you] feeling like you’re never going to be enough.” – Hannah Austin 

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