About the Podcast
When Burnout Becomes Reality is a podcast that combines lived experience with the science of burnout to help listeners prevent, recover and grow from burnout. I am your host, Shannon Swales, a clinical psychologist, blogger, author, and a human with lived experience, scientific knowledge, and skills on burnout.
Burnout is a phenomenon that develops slowly in an individual in response to ongoing and unrelenting workplace interpersonal stressors. Social Psychologist Christina Maslach and Human Resource Management Professor and Researcher Susan E. Jackson identified a set of symptoms and signs of burnout that is mainly accepted today. They are emotional exhaustion, cynicism/depersonalisation towards one's work, and a decrease in one's belief one can do their job or a reduced sense of personal achievement with one's work.
Burnout can occur in any field, particularly those working closely with vulnerable people. It appears not only in workplaces but also within parenting, carer, volunteering, and caring for self roles in chronic and ongoing health conditions that require ongoing management.
Development of the Podcast
I started this POD out of my own burnout experience. I noticed how great it felt to hear others were suffering from burnout too. It wasn't great that they were suffering, but it helped me feel less alone in it. It helped me to feel understood and unbeknownst to them; it helped me learn from the wisdom they had gained to help me recover and grow from burnout. This is why I continue to showcase lived experience guests on the POD. As I healed from burnout, I moved back into my work as a psychologist, and that is when I added the scientific knowledge aspect into the POD, having expert guests share their wisdom to help others.
So there you have it. I am incredibly proud of this POD and enjoy every minute of producing it. It is a monthly podcast with an episode released on the first Thursday of every month. Each month will showcase a lived experience guest who courageously comes on the POD to share their raw account of burnout to recovery and beyond or an expert guest who shares their knowledge and skills in burnout. All hope to assist others in preventing, responding and growing from burnout.
The only way this podcast will reach the four corners of this earth, to reach people in need is through the power of the people - you. So, you can pay it forward by liking, sharing, following, reviewing or leaving a comment. I will be forever grateful for your generosity in doing so.
Share Your Story
If you’d like to share your burnout-to-recovery experience or are an expert working in the field of burnout syndrome and would like to share your wisdom, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 61+ 422 695 576
Psychology Services: www.burnoutpsychologysupport.com/psychologyservices
Burnout Memoir: Nothing Left To Give: A Psychologist's Path Back From Burnout: https://mybook.to/NothingLeftToGive
Disclaimer: The views, opinions, tips, etc., expressed in this podcast by myself or my guests are not a replacement for personalised therapy. As I have done for myself, I encourage those suffering to seek professional help.
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