Burnout: Why it Happens, How to Spot it & Tools to Stop it w/ Anne Helen Petersen


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Anne Helen Petersen is an academic, journalist, and author best known for her work as the former senior culture writer and western correspondent at BuzzFeed, her book Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, and her most recent gig as a writer at Substack. On top of that, She has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Wallstreet Journal, NPR and many more.

As I mentioned, Anne wrote a book on Millennial burnout and is an expert on it. So I wanted to have Anne on the show, because honestly, I am pretty burnt out. And I have been for a while. Reading her book was a revelation of just how much I’ve been living hand to mouth and my out-of-whack priorities have been.The awareness of what burnout looks like, has helped me start to make small changes to rejuvenate myself and get back in touch with the sweetness and simple joys of life. It’s my hope that this interview can be an inciting moment for you to do the same, if you’re feeling similarly.

From This Conversation You’ll Learn:

  • What burnout is and how to know if you have it
  • Why she was drawn to the topic
  • How to form a practice to deal with your burnout & rest
  • Why millennials suffer for burnout more
  • What our boomer parents/history has to do with it
  • What to do if you feel like you never work hard enough
  • How the pandemic is affecting burnout
  • Why you should talk to trees and plants (REALLY)
  • Why a traditional office setting lends itself to burnout
  • Why employers both overwork millennials and criticize them for not being hardworking enough
  • Why Anne believes it’s sometimes better to do what you really like instead of what you love
  • How to get over Creative heartbreak
  • And more!

Get Anne's Book Here!

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