I had my first taste of burning out (along with overlapping depression) years ago, when I was an Emergency Medicine resident. Because I never wanted to hit bottom that hard, ever again, I decided to learn everything I could about resilience and mental wellness.
I started working as a coach over a decade ago, helping busy, overwhelmed women create more …Continue Reading »
A few years ago, I spoke about burnout at a national meeting of an association of specialist physicians. I’m always a little nervous when speaking to physician colleagues, and this was no exception.
A few minutes before the presentation, I was doing something near the back of the room.
“Excuse me, Dr. Biali!”
I turned and looked over. This …Continue Reading »
Stress brings out the worst. Not just the worst behavior (such as being more irritable with others), but also the worst choices.
If I’m stressed, my first response is to reach for comfort food. Cookies, cake or chocolate, and the more, the better. This soothes in the moment, but I always regret it after the food …Continue Reading »
As a coach I work with a variety of leaders (from mid-level managers to high-ranking executives), helping them to reduce their stress, recover from burnout, improve work-life balance and operate more effectively.
Time after time, after I do a little digging, a core problem emerges. Their lack of boundaries with coworkers or clients is stealing prime …Continue Reading »
People toss around the word “burnout” a lot these days. Every time I speak about burnout to a group or at a conference, people come up to me wide-eyed afterward, saying, “This is what’s wrong with me! I just thought I was exhausted and stressed.” It’s my experience that many people walk around with clear symptoms …Continue Reading »
Conscientiousness increases your chances of success, but can leave you stressed and at risk of burnout.
“When your conscientiousness impels you to take on more than you can handle … you risk your physical health.” –Susan Cain
Conscientiousness is Both a Strength and a Weakness
If you’re a conscientious person, you are “wishing to do what is right, especially to …Continue Reading »
I’ve been anxious since I was a kid. I didn’t like being separated from my mom, worried if she was late picking me up from somewhere, and stressed out about the monsters under the bed. As an adult, other than my specific fears of heights and tiny cramped spaces, I tend to be more of …Continue Reading »
Do you allow the most exhausted, tired, fed up version of yourself to make key day-to-day choices about how you live your life?
I did—for a long time.
What happens when you live that way is you end up feeling a lot better—in the moment. Over many, many different moments. This is natural and normal. It’s so very human …Continue Reading »