The latest podcast episode asks the question, “How do you define yourself?” Thatcher explains that when she suffered her own burnout after being an ICU nurse for years, she began to question who she was outside of her occupation. She says that most therapists recommend taking a break from the source of burnout, but in her case, she didn’t know who she was apart from being a nurse.
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In the new podcast, Riley and Thatcher talk about the need for self-love, especially during burnout. Becoming mentally and physically exhausted can have the unintended effect of guilt. People feel that they are showing a “weakness” and immediately become ashamed in admitting that they need a break. In Thatcher’s case, she had to work through an identity crisis before she could even begin her healing journey.
Nevertheless, burnout can be used as an opportunity for growth. Thatcher says that people can find their spark again by first understanding how they view themselves. If their identity is so deeply entrenched in something that is subconsciously causing them pain, then they need to understand why. Many people view their jobs as their sole defining feature, but Thatcher encourages listeners to think beyond that.
Riley ends by recommending listeners pursue their own bliss. She believes that all people deserve to live life to the fullest, not only to prevent burnout but so that they experience happiness every day.
About Donnalyn Riley
Donnalyn Riley is the founder of the “Finding Your Spark Again” podcast series, a mental health community focused on building self-confidence and self-love. Riley regularly releases new episodes on her website and her YouTube page. She is also the founder of a positivity membership group called MORE JOY.
Riley writes, “Finding and keeping that spark of joy that makes life not only worth living, bit worth wahoo-ing about, takes skill and practice. It may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime type of happiness but the truth is that there are spiritual and physiological solutions to the problem of consistently tapping into excitement, peace, love and joy without ever having to fake it.”
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