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Joelle Maletis - PTSD & Trauma Expert, LMFT, TED-Ed Video Author, Speaker, CEO and Coach

Season 2, Ep. 36

In this week’s episode Laura and Todd welcome back Joelle Maletis, PTSD & Trauma Expert, LMFT, TED-Ed Video Author, Speaker, CEO and Coach to talk about Burnout. Joelle is focused on helping others to create a meaningful and balanced life. We can all relate to feeling stressed out from time to time, but what’s the difference between just feeling stressed and true “burnout?” In this episode we take a deep dive in to the signs of burnout, the difference between good and “prolonged” bad stress, and the physical symptoms and effects of burnout. Joelle emphasizes the importance of giving ourselves time to rest, something easier said than done, but as she warns, if we don’t address the issue it could turn into something much more sinister like heart problems, an anxiety disorder or fibromyalgia. We also discuss the different forms of burnout such as toxic friendships, caretaking and compassion fatigue, and parenting burnout, the difference between guilt and shame and how and when you know it’s time to “let go.” Ultimately, Joelle teaches us some ways to prevent burnout before it happens and again, gives us all the reasons why it’s OK TO TAKE A BREAK! So, join us in Episode 36 and learn how you can prevent and treat burnout!

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