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Tilted S2: Episode 2

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Exhausted. Stressed. Anxious. Berating yourself for “not doing enough.” These are all signs of burnout—and too many women are intimately familiar with them. For years, we’ve known burnout affects women more than men, and now COVID-19 has made it even worse. On this episode, we talk with two experts on burnout: Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, and Emily Nagoski, author of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Arianna and Emily tell personal stories about burnout, teach us how to recognize it, and share tips for preventing and addressing it in our own lives.

A few things you’ll learn:

  • Burnout is more than just stress—it’s cumulative stress that leads to exhaustion, pessimism, and anxiety, and that can eventually cause long-term health problems.
  • It’s helpful to identify and differentiate between the stress and the stressors. Stressors (such as relationships, financials, and work performance) are what cause your body’s stress response cycle.
  • There are many things you can do to complete a stress response cycle—exercise, sleep, and connecting with others or with nature are good places to start.

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Discussion starters

Whether you’re listening to this episode with friends or your Circle, these questions are designed to help you discuss personal stories, connect over common challenges, and unpack the topic together.

  • “Burnout is the feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted by everything you have to do, while still worrying that you are not doing enough.” Does Emily Nagoski’s definition of burnout resonate with you?
  • Have you experienced burnout? Looking back, what do you think contributed to your burnout, and what would have helped?
  • Asking for help can be difficult. Reflecting on your past experiences as well as what you learned from our guests, what do you think is an effective way for you to ask for help?

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