Surviving Burnout

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<img src="" alt=""Download MP3 Audio" width="100%" height=" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> In today's culture, "burnout" has become a silent epidemic -- one that long predated Covid 19 but has certainly been made worse by it.

Burnout often results when the demands of our work and/or our lives become mismatched to our capacities as human beings.

As many of us are working harder for longer in an uncertain economy while simultaneously juggling the responsibilities we have in our personal lives, it’s not hard to see that it’s increasingly easy for that mismatch to occur.

In this podcast, we learn effective strategies for coping with burnout – including ways to avoid it altogether – from Dr. Jacinta Jiménez, a Stanford trained, award winning, licensed psychologist and author of the newly-published book, The Burnout Fix.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

A young lady applied for my spring intern position on our organic market garden operation about a month ago. We ask a minimum of 3 months commitment, and prefer 4 to 6 months. We had quite a few applicants but she caught my attention on the first phone interview.
This lady (29 yrs. old) has been working as an actuary at a top insurance company and in 7 years has advanced to a management level position. She is articulate, incredibly hard working, smart, honest, humble and if the are more positive attributes she deserves them all.
She asked her company for a sabbatical to do what she loves, which is working in nature and living on a working farm. She has done gardening before, knows a little bit about chickens, but has done nothing on this scale.
I don’t know that she has hit “burnout” at her job. That’s something she has not shared, but I do believe that she is taking care of her personal health in a very smart way.
I am blessed by her presence and hope that this experience will give her renewed energy and help her to make the next step in her journey.

Like OOG, we are reassessing the physical aspect of what we do.
We have dreams and ambitions and lots of balls in the air. When you try new things you are bound to get a thumping every once in a while in mid stride. Balance keeps us moving forward and allows us the next step.
Edit: with the WHO coming out against IVM, with the discussions of vaccine passports going on in our government, I have an overwhelming sense of unfairness! On to the next stride…
Timely stuff, thanks.

“Wow ! Fat people can do Yoga !”
had another gym member approach me about 22 years ago at the gym, told me I had “changed his life”.
He explained, he saw me doing yoga, he started doing yoga. (the kind where you stretch and sweat, Ashtanga yoga.)
He was in the middle of starting an Internet provider, and the 12 hour high tech stress took its toll.
For him it worked out, he started a second ISP & sold that one, no more money worries for him.

Get comfortable using the word “No”.
With respect to personal space, natural rights and politics get comfortable using the phrase “Fuck off”. It’s one of the most all-American things you can say.

I think one mobile service that might go over in crowded areas with lots of working homeless (e.g. Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sonoma County, etc.) is a Rolling Hot Bath service.
Would you pay $20 for a chance to lay in a bathtub of hot water for 2 hours ? – If you did not have access to a hot bath in your alternative living arrangement.
It only takes about 4 kilowatt hours’ worth of electricity to heat 30 gallons from 55 F back up to 95 F. I do it every day using a large wirewound heater.
The background to that is that I reduced my water consumption when I lived in Sonoma County, because they had a drought. Then bought land with a well that does 20 gallons per minute … but saw no need to go back to being a water glutton.
Instead I doubled down on being a water miser. Got my water consumption down to about 2 gallons per day. + whatever the garden needs.
I mention the “rolling hot bath” business concept because I observe that taking a hot bath is one of the more effective ways to “re-set” your body, like getting a good night’s sleep or something.

Excellent topic, great discussion. So the brain drains battery like bitcoin mining - got it! Overall I think we need a Bretton Woods System to have that individual trickle down effect which is to say that if the system we subsist in doesn’t change what is the point in finding burnout tricks - how perfect can we strive to be before even the smartest who get the burnout fix falter to fall prey to the system at large. It’s all connected. This conversation needs to go higher. [Could you bring the mp3 Download Button back if possible? By the way I listen to your podcast on TuneinRadio].

Everything great depends on you and only you can decide everything. Fighting