The key reasons shame is an inevitable aspect of burnout — even though it shouldn’t be.

Sal walks away from camera through wildflowers in the mountains of Azerbaijan in 2018
Sal walks away from camera through wildflowers in the mountains of Azerbaijan in 2018
Wandering in Azerbaijan, 2018

My friend Dave recently contacted me out of the blue, asking about an article I’d written on burnout.

Are you ok?” I pinged back.

Not really, been struggling of late. You’d think after a decade working in healthcare I’d know better!

As I stared at the message, I could feel his shame emanating from my phone. Dave was kicking himself while he’s down. Which pretty much everyone does when they realize that they’re burnt out.

I should have known better.

I’m so stupid.

Something’s wrong with me.

It’s my fault.

I’m a failure.

It prompted a question that’s been lurking at the back of my mind since I started researching burnout. …

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Sally Clarke

Writer, burnout expert, life coach and life lover. Hiker, surfer, yogini, adventurer. California based, Aussie accent, Euro roots. www.salcla.com

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