Episode #12: Master Burnout Prevention By Improving Your Resilience

With Paula Davis Laack

One of the biggest reasons I started this podcast was because of my own experience struggling to thrive at work and in life.  The main culprit for my unhappiness and at times, depressive symptoms in life … was my work.  Early on in my career I struggled … a lot!   I didn’t know it at the time but I was suffering from a bad case of workplace burnout with a hefty layer of stress added on top.  If you talked to my friends and colleagues at the time (and even my wife), I guarantee they would tell you how miserable I was.

If you’ve ever suffered from stress at work, or worse burnout, then I want you to pay close attention to this episode where I talk to stress and resilience expert Paula Davis-Laack.  It’s going to completely change the way you manage and balance your work, stress, and more importantly how you bounce back or push through the inevitable adversities you’ll encounter in the workplace.  It doesn’t matter whether you’ve experience a lot or a little bit of stress or burnout – there are habits and practices in this interview that will help you to thrive.

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In today’s episode, Paula and I discuss:

  • What Burnout at work looks like and why it’s so devastating to our health and well-being
  • The most effective habits to prevent burnout and to build our resilience
  • Some great book recommendations to help us learn more about the science of burnout prevention and resilience
  • And so many more insights and practical tools to help us!


Books Paula Recommends

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good For You, And How To Get Good At It by Kelly McGonigal

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach To Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel

Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, And Lead by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be And Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

The Truth About  Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress And What To Do About It by Christina Maslach & Michael Leiter

Paula in Action

Check Out These Resources Mentioned

The best place to find out more about Paula is at her website.

Burnout & Resilience Researcher Arnold Bakker

Paula’s Free eBook – Strong

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