The Stress Cycle

Continuing this series of blogs about burnout, this is the first of a short series that look at recovery from burnout. In previous blogs I have talked about the research carried out and excellent book written by Emily and Ameila Nagoski: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. They…

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Warning Signs of Burnout

The Burnout Gauge What are the warning signs of burnout ? Many of us are bad at recognising when our minds and bodies are overloaded and trying their best to get us to STOP! Burnout is a gradual process. It doesn't happen overnight, it creeps up on us. The signs…

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What is Burnout?

The Origins The term burnout is used a lot these days, but what IS burnout? Who is at risk and what can we do to prevent it? Herbert Freudenberger in the 1970s  was one of the founders of the concept. It was originally applied only to the workplace but has…

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Fierce Self-Compassion

This is part of a series of blogs about the practice of self-compassion. I had personally struggled with both the concept and the practice - I didn't quite "get it" and had tended to dismiss it - until I came across a new book, Fierce Self-Compassion by researcher Kristen Neff.…

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The Self Critic

What do we mean when we talk about the self critic? Too many of us are quietly, privately, hard on ourselves. We walk around with an inner critic, telling us we’re not ‘good enough’ and never amount to anything. It shouts at us after a difficult run in with our…

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