How to Bounce Back from Burnout with Caitlin Donovan

Do you ever feel burnt out? Do you need help establishing boundaries?


My guest on episode 164 is the amazing Cait Donovan, who has made it her mission to share her expertise on burnout with others, after her own experience with it.  

After years of feeling exhausted and seeking external validation, Cait realized that she was burnt out.  She dove into research about the subject and has transformed herself into a guide for people going through their burnout. During this episode Cait also talks about setting up boundaries and the impacts resentment has on us.  Burnout is something that requires recovery, and whether it's being aware of what you want or upholding the boundaries you put in place, Cait beautifully explains ways to help you bounce back. 




Cait Donovan is one of New York City’s leading burnout experts and acupuncturists, host of “Fried – The Burnout Podcast,” and author of the book "The Bouncebackability Factor: End Burnout, Gain Resilience, and Change the World". Her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine enables Cait to combine Eastern wisdom with her natural practicality. After performing more than 25,000 acupuncture treatments, Cait added 1:1 coaching, corporate workshops, and keynotes for companies such as PTC, Lululemon, Vedder Price, Marsh and Mclennan, and Workplaceless – all with a focus on ending burnout culture.
She has been featured on podcasts and online magazines such as “Forbes”, “Elephant Journal,” “Thrive Global,” “Addicted 2 Success”, as well as quoted in Oprah Magazine. 

Resentment shows us every single place where our boundaries are being crossed

Caitlin Donovan

Topics Discussed

  • The 3 components of burnout 
  • Cait's experience with 6-7 years of burnout
  • How seeking external validation can lead to burnout
  • Being aware of your wants, needs, desires and preferences 
  • How our brain chemistry can cause us to react incorrectly 
  • How burnout requires recovery 
  • The impacts of resentment 
  • Internal vs. External boundaries
  • Setting boundaries and honoring them
  • How plugging "energy leaks" can make a huge difference 


Relevant Links:


The Bouncebackability

Cait's Resentment Journal Mini Course

Fried The Burnout Podcast



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