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How the Brain Impacts Your Burnout: Part 2

This is Part 2, of our 4-part series on How the Brain Impacts Your Burn Out.

In Part 1 of How the Brain Impacts Your Burnout, we talked about the #1 thing you need to do before you make a decision.

When you’re overwhelmed or exhausted, your brain is in the “Away” state, which makes it really difficult to make sound decisions. Ideally, you want to be in the “Toward” state – which has positive emotions like joy, curiosity, excitement, and happiness. When you’re in this state, you’re more creative and collaborative and ultimately, you can make better decisions.

In this part, we’re going to cover how to move into the “Toward” state – a place of possibility and opportunity.

When you’re done watching, see if you can apply this to your life. Let us know in the comments:

  1. What comes up for you when I ask you to implement these tactics?
  2. Is this something you can try for yourself?

Comment below, and I’d love to give you some feedback / pointers.

Next week, we’ll talk about what triggers you emotionally, and will give you a framework to help you understand what’s most important for you at work.

Looking forward to hearing your comments and questions!

Belma McCaffrey

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  • Stephanie says:

    Good info! Seeing what comes up with me, and sitting with those thoughts and feelings is so so helpful in moving forward in any arena! Agree that observing without judgement is crucial. Just being aware of what’s below the surface can move the dial so much. Thanks for this Belma. Love the length of this video as well. 🙂

  • Walter Van Den Broeck says:

    Hi Belma,

    Apologies, I believe I got your name wrong in my first comment.

    – resonation with new tactics: very much so.
    – trying myself: Yes. I started doing yoga when I worked in Cambodia in 2017 – 2018 and, since 2019, I added Tai Chi and meditation. So the approach of observing and letting go is quite normal for me. My only problem is that I do often not find the time to do it. I know this is a false excuse but I find it hard to find the right balance between work (also job searching is a FT activity), family, home and relaxation

    • Belma McCaffrey says:

      Yes- finding the time is what makes it a practice! I say schedule it. It will feel a bit forced at first but I’ve found that makes a huge difference.

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