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Highly Successful Women and Burnout - The Stages

Uncategorized Jul 08, 2018

Highly Successful Women and Burnout – The Stages

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel burnout setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long‐term perspective.” ‐ Dalai Lama

This quote from the wonderful Dalai Lama pretty much sums up how to respond to burnout. His holiness says to “withdraw and restore yourself.”

Most likely you know if you’re stressed or in some phase of being burnout. However, I was a workaholic and thought I could go and go until I ended up in the emergency room with severe panic attacks, anxiety, and stress. I thought I could handle anything thrown my way. My body told me otherwise.

So first, let’s see how burnout you are and if you are ready to be aware and acknowledge your burnout and stress.

According to research, the number of stages ranges from three to twelve but are all generally comparable. I have put together this information from the Texas Medical Association, Psychology Today and Winona State University into a concise graphic for you.  

The stages generally happen sequentially and only two of the items listed may be symptomatic of approaching or existing burnout. What is reassuring is that as soon as you are aware of your burnout, you can stop this process at any point. The key word in this previous sentence is being aware.  

Take a peek at the following image and see how many of the symptoms listed pertain to you. For me, I experienced more than 80% of these symptoms in my years of severe panic and anxiety. To be honest, I had more of the symptoms the higher the stage. If something is telling you that you are burnout, then stop, take time for you, and talk to someone right now. You will be no good to anyone else if you are not taking care of yourself first. Nothing is worth this much stress. I promise you.

Please take this information seriously. Stress and burnout are terrible and sometimes people don’t do anything about until it’s too late. I am passionate about this topic and have dedicated my life to helping people recover from burnout like I did.

I am writing a series of these blogs and the next one will be talking about steps you can take to recover from burnout. Since I know how important this is to work on now, I recommend doing one or more of the following.

1. Add self-care to your to-do list immediately, i.e. massages, walking in nature, meditating, or just resting. 

2. Budget your time at work and prioritize your to-do list by time sensitive needs. Once you've hit that limit, stop. You only have two hands for a reason.

3. Join the amazing community over at the Balanced Life Collective. It's only $1 to start. Shhh...I'm also giving 3 months free to one lucky person this month to someone who subscribes and leaves a review on my podcast (only if you like it, hee hee), Redefining Success

4. Reach out to me at [email protected] for some serious take action now 1:1 coaching. 

I am not a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist and highly recommend you seek medical assistance if you are having any thoughts of harming yourself. 



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