What is burnout?

According to Merriam Webster, burnout is “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”

And that’s true. 

But the thing about burnout is that it can take many shapes. For you, burnout might look like physical or emotional exhaustion sometimes, but other times it might look like emotional volatility or isolation or an edgy fury brought on by any kind of obligation or expectation. It could be a headache, or stomach distress that comes and goes but never really resolves, or just a sadness that you can’t seem to shake.

What’s important to know is this: no matter why you’re experiencing burnout, it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can feel better.

Also. It’s not your fault. Burnout is not something happening just to you because of the choices you’ve made or the things that have happened in your life (or even things that are still happening). Burnout impacts TONS of people, and you are not alone. While it may feel personal sometimes, it’s part of a larger system (namely culture and also the patriarchy).

Many, many women are experiencing burnout because we have lived our whole lives steeped in a culture that’s taught us to be mean to ourselves, have impossible standards, and try to please everyone all the time. It’s a recipe for disaster.

And here’s the thing - it might seem like doing things that way has worked. Because you are a badass and you've done incredible things. BUT. If you want to learn how to crush it without feeling like it's crushing youit’s time for a new way.

I, for one, am ready to see what would happen if every woman felt completely energized and empowered to do her thing.