EPISODE 136 | NOVEMBER 1, 2023

Recovering from Burnout: Embracing Resentment and Regaining Control with Cait Donovan

There are few things in life more overwhelming than the feeling of burnout. The stress and exhaustion can make us feel lost and unsure of how to regain control. Cait Donovan, international speaker, author, and acupuncturist, has a unique perspective on this challenge. Her exploration of resentment and how it relates to personal boundaries provides valuable insights for the journey to recovery.


3 Burnout Insights:

1. Embrace Resentment as a Superpower:

Cait shares how resentment can be our strength. By recognizing and acknowledging this feeling, we can identify the areas in our lives where our boundaries need reinforcement. This new perspective on resentment can help us regain control and manage stress more effectively.

“Resentment is your superpower. It teaches you every single place where your boundaries have been crossed.”
– Cait Donovan

2. Focus on Recovery, Not Prevention:

Rather than emphasizing ways to avoid burnout, Cait recommends a focus on recovery. Burnout is often the result of ingrained behaviors, and the key is to recognize these behaviors and learn how to manage them effectively.

 “Self-care starts with drinking when you're thirsty. If you cannot tune in to the basic signals of your own body, no wonder you can't do the bigger things.”
– Cait Donovan

3. Understand the Importance of Boundaries:

Boundaries are not just about exclusion but also about when we welcome people and when we request aid. By understanding this, we can create a healthier balance in our lives, thereby reducing the risk of burnout.

As Cait Donovan shared her journey and insights, it's evident that recovery from burnout is a complex process. By redefining our relationship with resentment and understanding our boundaries, we can regain control and thrive in the face of adversity. The key is to listen to our bodies, recognize our fundamental needs, and navigate our journey to recovery without guilt or shame.

Thank you Cait for being our show and for helping so many women recover from Burnout. Special thanks to our Alliance partner Bobbie Carlton and Innovation Women.

About Cait Donovan

Cait Donovan is an International Keynote Speaker, author, host of “Fried – The Burnout Podcast,” author of the book “The Bouncebackability Factor”, and an acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Chinese medicine. Her creative burnout recovery solutions have been featured on podcasts and online magazines such as “Forbes”, “NPR,” and “The New York Post”.
Please explain your area of expertise: Burnout recovery

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