Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters by Eileen McDargh
I have a bad habit of scanning through a book before I actually sit down to read it. Kind of a flip through the pages sort of thing, to see if there’s something that catches my eye. The thought that caught me this time was by Helen Keller, “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
I’ve existed in an echo chamber of existence for the past seven months, isolated with children too young to understand why friends can’t come over, Grandma can’t come visit, and Daddy is working from home. As I break up yet another fight over who gets to hold the remote (not even what video to watch), I think of this quote and wonder… What if I applied that to our home during this season?
From burnout to breakthrough: How to make working from anywhere work for you Working from home requires a deliberate design and a focused mindset around your schedule, rituals and daily routines. Me and Eileen having some fun. I had fun recently interviewing Eileen McDargh about her new book: Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters. It’s 30-minutes and you can watch it by clicking the image above. Yes, work can be fun. In fact, right now there’s plenty of unfun things, especially here in Melbourne with Stage 4 restrictions starting this week.
With my husband quarantined in his upstairs office working, the kids settled in front of the 99th viewing of “Cars” (lightning McQueen in the fast lane), and a fresh cup of my favorite coffee, I settled in to actually read the book. I’m mesmerized by the literal description of life right now. Burnout is us. We’re overwhelmed by the realities of life. And McDargh offers solution based processes to work our way out of the “Burnout to Breakthrough” to something better. We can recharge and reclaim our energy! Is that amazing or what?
In page after page of nuanced stories, McDargh offers simple steps for recognizing, analyzing the problems, and then taking solution based steps that will help to rebuild our spirits. Not just spiritual answers, but actionable life building steps we can take to get back our energy and healthy relationships.
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Before I even realized my coffee was cold, I realized I was a RED-ANT. I’d allowed the past several months of isolation to take me places I hadn’t ever wanted to go, and now I was that person saying, “What bad thing can happen next?” I was actively seeking out the negative things that might happen, and inviting them into my life by opening the door to them. And that’s when I saw Helen’s quote for the second time. I want to be a discoverer of good things.
McDargh tells story after story of breakthroughs that happen to people who were burned-out, struggling with life because they had been operating in a state of burnout. Each of them found a breakthrough, a solution that refueled their positive ideas. By this point, I’d already grabbed a pen and paper and was taking notes. I had several ideas and suggestions, answers to questions McDargh had asked on the pages of her book that I could now apply to my life.
By the end of the book, I had sticky tabs and notes in the margins. I’ll be reviewing this book often over the next several weeks, maybe months, to help get my family back on track. And I’m seriously thinking about a group study like it recommends in the back of the book. I recommend this book, and I’ll be telling all my friends about it.
by Kendall Townsend, posted by Garth Thomas
'First few episodes are awesome! Looking forward to more!'- Dr Brian Peterson, DC
I know Burnout because I lived it. I was in my 40’s and had everything I worked so hard for- an incredible family and impressive career- then I started to crash.
I got really tired. Some days it was all I could do to get out of bed and go to work. I started having anxiety for the first time in my life. My positive outlook on life turned into complaining and grumbling over little things and my testosterone levels bottomed out. I was burnt!
As a doctor I was used to helping others, but now I had to become my own doctor and figure my way out of burnout.
It turned out the be a blessing in disguise because I learned how to heal my body and create a fulfilling lifestyle that was sustainable. I call it the Dream 2.0. Now I teach others how to listen to what their bodies are trying to tell them and turn their burnout into a breakthrough!