As Millenials, we have been working hard since kindergarten AND WE ARE TIRED. Research suggests that a multitude of systemic factors have contributed to an entire generation (millennials) suffering from burnout, including the pervasive idea that we should be working all the time and there’s something wrong with us if we’re not working. Even as children, our “play” was structured, organized and managed to be optimized for productivity or competition instead of leisure or dare I say it, FUN.

Now, after a lifetime of being primed for success, we are fried, died and laid to the side at the ripe old age of 35 or otherwise classified as BURNT OUT. Join Syd this week for Season 2 Episode 4: Stop Making Yourself Miserable: How to Overcome Burnout, as she sits down with public health professional and burnout coach, Tiffany Albury, MPH  for a powerful conversation on the effects of burnout and actionable steps on how to overcome it.

Tiffany Albury is a passionate healthcare professional with a focus on wellness education, healthcare management and community programming. As a coach, Tiffany helps professionals recover from burnout, manage stress and reconnect with their passion for work and most importantly themselves. She enjoys working with clients who are ready to change their lifestyles to improve all aspects of their health and lives.

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What is burnout?

A syndrome characterized by chronic workplace stress that has not been properly managed that is specific to the workplace can bleed into other areas of life. There are three dimensions of burnout

  • Energy depletion/decrease
  • Increased mental distance
  • Reduced professional output

How do I know if I’m burnt out or just stressed?

  • Stress occurs in cycles, where an event happens, you’re stressed and then the event ends and stress recedes
    • Healthy stress should include some type of celebration or rest to complete the cycle to ensure that stress recedes
  • Burnout is continuous stress cycles over a long period of time

Can I manage repeated instances stress without getting burnout?

Yes, you can manage stress with preparation and planning in  a way that won’t necessarily lead you to burnout. For example, if you know a stressful presentation, case or week is coming up, plan your workouts, meals and downtime in advance. Actually write these things in your schedule. Even if it’s just a 15-minute walk or nap during the workday, put it in your schedule to ensure that you prioritize your well being. However, repeated instances of stress without proper management will inevitably lead to burnout.

What are the symptoms of burnout?

  • Detachment (not really present)
  • Loss of concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Energy depletion
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Mild depression (i.e. hopelessness and despair)
  • Cynicism (for instance everything is terrible, don’t have a positive outlook on life)

How do I know if I’m burnt out or depressed?

Depression is characterized by a deeper and more chronic sense of hopelessness, despair, irritability and/or anxiety that is more difficult to overcome. Mild depressive symptoms may be present in burnout but depressive symptoms associated with burnout are generally more situational/environment-specific and can be cured more easily with a change of environment or habits.

What can happen if we don’t address burnout?

Unaddressed burnout can lead to:

  • Depression
  • Heart Issues
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (difficulty pooping)
  • Poor Diet
  • Hair Loss

How do we overcome burnout?

NOTHING. DO NOTHING. The best thing you can do for yourself when you are burnt out is to REST. You need to reset your nervous system so that it can return to a healthy state of rest. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, getting your sleep pattern back on track, meditating (if that relaxes you) and engaging in light exercise. Building and maintaining a supportive community is also important for overcoming burnout.


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Hosts & Guests

Sydnee Mack (Host)

Tiffany Albury (Guest)


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