When was the last time you had a conversation with someone, and they told you nothing much was going on, and life was fairly easy for them right now? If you've ever had that conversation all, it probably feels like quite a momentous occasion, right?
And this includes ourselves.
When was the last time you thought you had not much to deal with lately?
And for those of us who value empathy, who centre social justice and who have wide-open-hearted care for people - this can pose a problem. Because we can see how much is needed out there in the world, we are often very under-resourced to give anything near a fraction of it.
Even I was shocked when I read that 88% of UK employees had experienced some form of burnout in the last two years*. This rises to 9 out of 10 for third-sector environments.**
Whether it is climate change, work environments, oppression, or just supporting a mate who has a broken heart, if we want to keep giving, we must ensure we resource ourselves.
Which is why I am holding a free class on How To Support People Without Burning Out. It will be a 30-minute class of practical tools, and then there will be open coaching - which is excellent for folk who believe in order to be empathic, they need to give it all away.
We will be touching on boundaries, perfectionism, managing your own needs and how to ask for help yourself.
If you know someone doing so much for others, they have little left for themselves, or if you feel you are stretched too thin in too many directions, sign up for the class on 30th August.
I hope to see you there.
The workshop happened, but you can still get a workbook on how to prevent burnout below