Decode Your Burnout

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The mission of Decode Your Burnout is to help high achievers crack the code on their burnout so they can target customized solutions for recovery and regain their spark.

Belinda Ellsworth: The Effects of the COVID Hustle – Part 1

We often talk about the effects of COVID on physical and mental health, but the pandemic also affected how we do business. If you are an entrepreneur, you may have found yourself scrambling to stay afloat as your way of operation was no longer viable. In fact, many business owners had to pivot during the past couple of years to stay afloat, something that required not only creativity, but a lot of hard work and perseverance. 

Thai week, we feature Belinda Ellsworth on the Decode Your Burnout podcast. Despite enjoying tremendous success as a professional speaker, Belinda’s entire business got wiped out overnight. She reinvented herself and worked around the clock, but burned out in the process. She shares the ups and downs of the struggle. This is part 1 of that interview.


About Belinda Ellsworth:

Belinda Ellsworth has been called “a trailblazer in the industry of coaching and speaking.” Not only has she built three successful businesses, but over the past 25 years, she’s gained the distinct and prestigious reputation as the premier speaker and expert in her industry, helping tens of thousands of business professionals and entrepreneurs create and execute successful business strategies and systems, while still maintaining the work/life balance in their lives.

An international best seller and professional speaker, Belinda is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the entrepreneurs in her loyal, dynamic community. That passion led her to start her popular podcast, Work From Your Happy Place, which was picked up by IHeart-Radio in 2021. She loves interviewing other successful entrepreneurs on the podcast and her iconic messages of good solid business practices will stay with your audience forever while positively impacting their bottom line. 


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Cait Donovan: 3 Steps to Recover from Resentment

Are you someone who tries to take care of everyone else and ends up overly annoyed that others don’t appreciate your efforts? Or perhaps when they ask for something from you, you think, “Haven’t I given you enough?” This, my friend, is resentment.

On this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout, we are joined by Cait Donovan – herself a burnout and resentment expert. She debunks three myths related to burnout, including the difference between burnout prevention and recovery, and shares three steps to recover from resentment.


About Cait Donovan: 

Cait Donovan is a Keynote speaker, one of New York City’s leading burnout experts, host of “Fried – The Burnout Podcast,” and author of the book “The Bouncebackability Factor”. Her creative burnout recovery solutions have been featured on podcasts and online magazines such as “Forbes”, “NPR,” “Thrive Global,” and “The New York Post” and in companies such as Lululemon and Pepsico.



1) Connect with Cait:

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Atherton Drenth: 3 Simple Things to Heal from Burnout and Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety By Up to 50 Percent

Have you ever had a notion that something terrible would happen to you? Did you believe it so much that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy? That’s what happened to Atherton Drenth.

At age 8, Artherton had a vision that told her she would die when she reached her 45th year. As she approached that time, her health started to decline. But just as a spiritual experience began this decline, it was a spiritual experience that helped her heal and get back to herself. 

She shares her story and in it the message that anyone can tune into their intuition, override cultural influences, and find peace. 


About Atherton Drenth:

Atherton Drenth is a Clairvoyant, Medical Intuitive and Holistic Energy Practitioner facilitating transformational healing for her clients. She has been extensively trained and certified as a Medical Intuitive and Holistic Energy Practitioner. She has been in private practice since 2000. She is also a compassionate teacher committed to helping others develop their full intuitive potential through yearly workshops. She has a private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition, she is the author of several books including Intuitive Dance: Building, Protecting, & Clearing Your Energy. 



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Saleema Vellani: Reinvent Yourself

Sometimes life throws us curve balls and forces us into situations that are novel. We all experienced that with COVID. What if instead of sticking to your comfort zone, you seized these opportunities to reinvent yourself? Certainly, this may help you prevent burnout if you are easily bored at work and crave stimulation. 

Saleema Vellani is no stranger to reinvention. It all began at the age of 16 when she lost her mother to cancer. She decided to learn a foreign language, move abroad, and put herself into the unknown.

But Saleema wasn’t always this resolute. Her story sends the message that with some courage and a willingness to explore anyone can redesign their life. She debunks three myths about what it takes to successfully do so. 

About Saleema:

Saleema Vellani is a 9x founder, TEDx speaker, and the bestselling author of Innovation Starts With I. She is the Founder & CEO of Ripple Impact, which is a business accelerator and community that helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses and scale their platforms. Saleema also teaches Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University and is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools.

She contributes to Forbes and has been published in 15 research publications, most recently on promoting a circular economy and solving food insecurity through hydroponics and insect farming.



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7) Take the first step to decode your burnout:

Annie Meehan: The 3 Principles to Lead an Exceptional Life

Sometimes life’s hardships can lead us to burn out. But what’s also true is that we can learn what doesn’t work and use these experiences to better ourselves and the world. That’s the message Annie Meehan shares and how she lives her life. She reminds us that going on fumes is futile, that where you come from doesn’t have to define where you’re going, that chaos doesn’t work, and that we should bring home more than just leftovers to our loved ones. She shares the three principles that can prevent burnout, not only in herself but also in others. 


About Annie Meehan:

Annie Meehan is an international speaker and the author of 5 motivational books, including her latest book, “The Pineapple Principle” on which she based her recent TED talk, The Lessons I Learned from a Pineapple. Annie inspires, enlightens and energizes her audiences to break counterproductive patterns. She has helped legions transform themselves from a life of ‘muddling along’ to one of sustained focus that showcases success after success. She is an expert on living an exceptional life and we can see through her example. When she’s not working, she volunteers in the community, likes to travel with her family, and walk (or be walked) the family dogs, Peanut and Leo.



1) Connect with Annie:

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7) Take the first step to decode your burnout:

Dr. Laura Berenstain: When You Don’t Perceive You Have A Choice

Sometimes we find ourselves in highly challenging situations at work and at home that take a toll on us. We stay in these situations when we don’t perceive we have a choice. We try to power through, but find over time that we run out of steam. 

Dr. Laura Berenstain shares her challenges as a physician, mothers, and wife that led her to burnout, how because she thought she had no other choice kept her in toxic situations for far too long, and what she learned once she stopped focusing just on those around her and started to think about what she needs. 

Laura’s message is a powerful one about women’s programming as caretakers and gender discrimination that contributed to her burnout but aren’t unique to just her. In addition, once she realized she could rewrite her story, she names elements related to gratitude, love, and resilience that provide hope for others struggling in the way she used to. 


About Dr. Laura Berenstain

Laura is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist who is also a Physician Career Development and Leadership Coach. She’s a mom to three daughters, an author, a speaker, and a survivor of burnout. That path led her to coaching and her passion is working with other women physicians to help them determine their best life and how to achieve it without sacrificing their own authenticity along the way. In addition to coaching Laura works on national well-being and professional development committees through the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s Women’s Empowerment Leadership Initiative (WELI).



1) Connect with Dr. Laura:

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Stephanie Melodia: When FOMO Leads to Burnout, Turn on the Fun Factor

How do you know if you’re just tired or if you’re burned out? You know you’re in burnout if you just can’t bounce back. That’s what happened to Stephanie Melodia who, as a super achiever, kept getting signs from her body but could not slow down. She needed to keep going.

What happened to her is what happens to many high achievers who burn out. Although she normally never got sick, this time the accumulated stress got to her and she became ill for a long time. 

In this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout, Stephanie shares how this phenomenon of running yourself ragged is especially common in both women and in entrepreneurs. That’s because women, she suggests, are programmed to be caregivers and entrepreneurs tend to experience a fear of losing out if they aren’t constantly working on their business. So if you’re a female entrepreneur like Stephanie is, you’re at double the risk of everyone else!

FOMO, as it turns out, puts you on the “fast track to burnout.” 

What is the answer according to Stephanie? Putting the fun back in your life. It’s how, she believes, instead of burning out, you can “set your heart on fire!”

Listen to the episode in full to learn what Stephanie did and how it helped her recover from burnout and balance out her workaholic tendencies.


About Stephanie Melodia:

Named UK Top 20 Most Influential Female Founder by Startups Magazine, Stephanie Melodia is the CEO of Bloom, the tech industry’s award-winning brand marketing agency. Stephanie is also host of the Time to Bloom podcast as well as the biannual event series, Bloom Presents. She is a scout for early-stage VC firm, Ada Ventures, and proponent of Feminism 5.0 – the fifth wave that focuses on the men to achieve gender equality. Stephanie is a sought after thought leader in the fields of entrepreneurship and gender equality and she’s here to share her burnout story and 3 tips that have helped her recover. 



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5) Take the first step to decode your burnout:

Flo Nicolas: Debunking The 3 Biggest Myths that Keep Business Owners From Leveraging Technology (that Could Save Them From Burning Out)

Flo Nicolas, AKA the non-boring lawyer, is a former lawyer, who after burning out, left the legal profession to go after her dreams. Flo is a legal technologist who simplifies technology for professionals and small business owners so they can increase their productivity. She’s been described as a “firecracker of knowledge and expertise when it comes to the legal technology field,” “a powerhouse in the telecommunications industry,” and as a “no-nonsense individual who can get results without the need to an iron fist.” 

On this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout, she debunks the myths of what it takes to be productive and how we can use technology to get more done in less time and as a result prevent burnout, especially if you are an entrepreneur or a lawyer. 


1) Connect with Flo on Tik Tok, LI, IG, Twitter: @nonboringlawyer or on her website:

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Dr. Amy O’Hana: Can Being Passionate About Your Work Prevent Burnout?

Have you lost the connection to your work? If so, erotic intelligence may be just what you need. 

This week on Decode Your Burnout, my guest is Dr. Amy O’Hana who helps burned-out people fall in love with work again. In a sense, erotic intelligence, she assures us, is not necessarily about sexuality. Instead, it’s about feeling reconnected to our sense of purpose because when we are disconnected, we are burned out. 


Amy debunks 3 myths related to burnout including:

1) I can fix my burnout by fixing my schedule or quitting my job

2) Men and women experience burnout the same way

3) Burnout is the same as depression


If you’re burned out, don’t miss this episode!


About Amy O’Hana:

Amy is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon and a full-time professor at the University of Western States. Amy’s research interests are human potential and motivation, erotic intelligence (which isn’t necessarily about sexuality), and spirituality. She is the author of two published books, When Your Child is Grieving (2019) and Beyond Burnout: What To Do When Your Work Isn’t Working For You (2020). Her passion is to help people reconnect with themselves, the Divine, and work so they can experience life to the fullest.


1) Connect with Amy:

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4) Sign up for a free Breakthrough Session with Dr. Sharon

5) Take the first step to decode your burnout

Dr. Shane Creado: Go on a Mini-Vacation Every Night to Prevent Burnout

What’s the one thing that can help with your ability to perform on the job, allow you to better manage your emotions, improve your health, and perhaps save your marriage? Sleep!

“When life gets busy and we’re pulled in different directions, the first thing we let go of is sleep and that’s the thing we need to preserve the most.” This is according to Dr. Shane Creado, a sleep medicine doc who talks about three aspects of sleep: timing, quality, and duration. In his words, “God gave us the greatest gift of sleep. He just forgot to give us a user menu. And that’s where I come in.”

We touch on the exhaustion you feel when you’re burned out and how sleep can help. Whether you aren’t sleeping because you’re trying to get more done or because you’re overly stressed about everything on your to-do list and can’t turn your mind off, this episode is for you.

If you’re ready to debunk the myths about sleep, find out why your sleep is disrupted, and what you can do to optimize your sleep, listen to this episode in full.  


About Dr. Shane Creado:

Dr. Shane Creado is a double board-certified sleep medicine doctor and psychiatrist. He practices functional sleep medicine, integrative psychiatry, and sports psychiatry.

He works not only on the treatment of sleep disorders, but also on perfecting and optimizing sleep, thereby boosting sports performance and workplace productivity.

He is the author of the book ‘Peak Sleep Performance for Athletes’, The cutting-edge sleep science that will guarantee a competitive advantage.

In addition to working with individual patients (including elite athletes, CEOs, and business leaders), he consults with sports teams to design team-specific and athlete-specific sleep guidelines and strategies off-season, in-season and pre-season, to boost performance.He provides ‘Sleep Retreats’ to organizations/ companies, which involve education on sleep and performance, screening for sleep disorders, and specific strategies to improve sleep and performance.



1) Get in touch with Dr. Shane on Instagram: @peaksleepperformance

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Darrell Evans: How Trying to Be All Things to All People Can Burn You Out

Are you a super competitive person in business and in life who’s burned out chasing success when what you really want is fulfillment?

That’s what my guest this week, Darrell Evans, shares about his entrepreneurial journey. Darrell was wired for competition from a young age when he played sports. As an adult, his environment perpetuated the competitive edge through metrics and status and fit in with Darrell’s personality. He liked seeing his name in lights. 

All this drive allowed Darrell to reach great heights in business, but he paid a price when he burned out. 

Over the years, Darrell has learned how to keep a standard of high quality work without being a perfectionist. He has a life vision that serves as his compass, looks for things that fit his natural mode of operation, and sees hiring team members for his business as an investment rather than an expense.  

Don’t miss this episode as Darrell shares his story and 3 tips to help you avoid burnout, especially if you are trying to be all things to all people. 


About Darrell Evans:


Darrell Evans is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of Yokel Local Internet Marketing. He and his team have helped entrepreneurs and companies to generate over $300M in revenue online since 2011. He’s personally started and/or operated 6 businesses since the age of 20).

He’s also the host of The MindShift Podcast which launched in 2019 and is the founder of the MindShift Business Accelerator (MBA) and the MindShift Growth Mastermind (MGM).

His goal is to help your entrepreneurial audience grab at least one “MindShift” that could catapult them to their next level of success.



The book: Getting Things Done

The Mindshift Podcast

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Judith Gaton: If You’ve Stopped Paying Attention to Yourself, Start with Your Panties

Did you just realize that you’re burned out? Or maybe you just recovered from burnout and although you’ve never considered doing something else for work, you’re starting to wonder about your options. 

This week’s guest, Judith Gaton, shares her journey of going from being a lawyer to becoming a life coach. She encourages others who are feeling fed up with their career to just “play with the possibility that there could be something different” and to “let that be delicious and fun.”

But more than that, Judith is a stylist who debunks the myths of what it takes to truly have style in your wardrobe. Together, we talk about the connection between how we dress and our relationship to ourselves, much of which is unconscious. 


This episode is for you if:

  • You have a wardrobe full of stuff you secretly hate because you’ve neglected yourself for too long 
  • Your closet is a conglomeration of “ass on fire” shopping
  • Your clothes fit your body but not your lifestyle or vice versa which is why you have lots of clothes you never wear
  • You are using shopping as an emotional management strategy
  • You are dressing to cover what someone once told you was a flaw


Judith debunks 3 myths of what it takes to be stylish:

  1. Style is the same thing as fashion
  2. Style is one particular thing
  3. In order to purchase clothing that fits, you have to do something to your body first and earn the right to invest in yourself


About Judith Gaton:

In her signature course Style Masterclass, Judith teaches her clients that thought work is the key to a lasting makeover. Through confidence coaching and mindset work, she helps her clients to see that they can dress and love the body they are in right now. When Style & Confidence are dialed in, women can go do the work they were created to do in the world. Her ultimate style philosophy: Confident Women Build Legacies.

Get in touch with Judith:

*Podcast: Style Masterclass
*Bye Bye Janky Bras and Undies Guide: learn to diagnose common bra and pantie issues: 


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Davina Stanley: Debunking the Myths of What it Takes to Be an Amazing Business Communicator

Are you spending your nights and weekends organizing your reports for work? Do you constantly have to edit what you write because you’re not getting the responsiveness that you want? Are you feeling frustrated, bitter, or are you starting to lose confidence in yourself because you’re not getting the decisions you want?

Certainly, this is not only keeping you from being able to unplug and reboot, but it’s putting you at risk for burnout and it can stall your career.

But luckily, there is a simple turnaround for this that can help get your message out in a powerful way more quickly and also accelerate your career. 

This week, we are joined by Davina Stanley, a communication specialist whose specialty is helping executives communicate complex ideas. 

She’s here to debunk the myths of what it takes to be a great business communicator because when your thinking is clear, you can communicate more clearly and get the decisions you need.

Myth 1: Your audience needs your background first so they can understand your main point
Myth 2: Shorter communication is always better
Myth 3: A great way to structure your communication is to provide a list of topics

Connect with Davina:


*Read Davina’s book: The So What Strategy, which features the 7 common storyline patterns executives can use to structure their thinking for any type of communication:

*Check out the “Communicate With Impact” program (free):


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Dr. Michelle Quirk: How to Get Off the Treadmill of Work When You’re Burning Out

Do you feel like no matter how much you sleep, you can’t get enough rest? If you’re a busy professional, it might feel like you can’t press pause. You want to get off the treadmill but you don’t know how. 

In this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout, pediatrician Michelle Quirk shares her burnout story that turned her on to running, a sport that helped her continue to lace up her sneakers and keep going at work. She shares three tips to help you manage the daily grind to avoid burnout. 


About Michelle Quirk:

Dr. Michelle Quirk is a board-certified pediatrician and a certified run coach with the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). She founded Mindful Marathon to help make running easy and fun for busy professionals. Using an informed, enjoyable, and effective approach, she coaches her athletes to a life-long love of running!


Get in touch with Michelle:

IG: mindful.marathon



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Amy Armstrong: How to Set Boundaries to Reduce Conflict and Avoid Burnout at Home and In the Office

Are you late to the game when it comes to setting boundaries? Did you miss the memo that you are supposed to have your own ideas about what you need and what’s good for you? 

In this week’s episode of the Decode Your Burnout podcast, Amy Armstrong debunks 3 myths around boundaries:

Myth #1: Compromise is the best way to resolve disputes
Myth #2: Parents should not fight in front of their kids
Myth #3: Boundaries are always about saying NO!

Find out how to set boundaries in a way that feels collegial at work and good at home. 


About Amy Armstrong:

Amy is a coach and coach trainer, and spends her days listening to moms and dads fight over kids and money. She helps parents set boundaries and solve problems so they can reduce stress, save money and get their kids out of the middle of adult conflict. She brought coaching to the arena of family court, and champions innovative practices to transform the domestic court system.


Get in touch with Amy:

LinkedIn: @coachamyarmstrong
Get the award-winning book: Real-Time Parenting


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Dr. Stephan Neff: How Getting Hooked on Proving Yourself Can Be the Addiction That Burns You Out

Just when the people closest to you don’t believe in you, your mission in life gets defined. You become determined, even hooked on proving yourself. The trouble is, this compulsion can lead to burnout and even become an addiction. 

This week on Decode Your Burnout, Dr. Stephan Neff,  an anesthetist who’s had more than a fair share of trauma in his life, shares how his addiction to work led to substance abuse, burnout, and a loss of identity. He worked hard and played hard until he ended up in the fetal position, an empty shell.

During his struggle, Dr. Stephan tried to drown PTSD, depression and anxiety in industrial doses of vodka but had to learn the hard way that those critters can swim. Nowadays he lives a very different life, where self-love, humility, integrity and transparency actually mean something. He hosts the show MY STEPS TO SOBRIETY, and has just released the second edition of his book under the same name.

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Sue Donnellan: How to Avoid Parental Burnout

“Parenting is the hardest thing we’ve never been trained for.” Ain’t that the truth? Raising kids can turn you into a ball of stress where you’re screaming and yelling but still not getting the results you want. 

That’s where Sue Donnellan found herself years ago. She was a reluctant parent to begin with who got thrown into the deep end when she went from having one child to adding triplets to the family. She was also the primary breadwinner for the family. As she tried to juggle entrepreneurship with parenting, she found herself exasperated and exhausted – desperately grabbing sleep where she could, including snoozing at red lights. 

If you’re tired of feeling tired and flying by the seat of your pants, check out this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout where you’ll find what can help you build relationships of trust with your kids, take some of the burden off your plate, and guide you toward parenting without punishing, yelling, and time outs. 


Sue’s 3 parenting tips:

Tip 1: Give your child autonomy, which gives you more breathing room and helps them build confidence
Tip 2: Make sure you get your needs met rather than wait for your kids to meet them
Tip 3: Work on yourself rather than try to change your child

About Sue Donnellan:

Sue Donnellan is an award-winning author, Parenting Strategist, an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of four (including surprise triplets). As a one-time reluctant parent and reformed yeller, Sue has lived the mom-stress balance firsthand. She is a revolutionary thinker who has been advising parents, transforming households, and reducing overwhelm for over 20 years with her unique parenting methods that have become the The Proven Playbook for parents.


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Book: Secrets to Parenting without Giving a Fuck

Find Sue on social: @askmomparenting



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Dr. Robyn Alley-Hay: 3 Tips for Sustainability to Prevent Burnout

Sometimes our programming lends itself to burnout. We have beliefs that lead us to seek out professions, such as medicine, where we push ourselves to the point of exhaustion and that behavior is expected or at the very least welcomed. We believe we have to give it our all and this just sucks the life out of us. 

In this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout, Dr. Robyn Alley-Hay shares her burnout story which started in residency. She powered through 120 hours of work while pregnant with her third child. Given that we have 168 hours in a week, that leaves less than 7 hours per day for anything outside of work including sleep.

She shares her encounter with the Dalai Lama and its effect on her burnout recovery as well as three tips for sustainability at work to prevent burnout based on her lived experience. 


  1. Utilize coaching to examine your beliefs from the past and see which ones are no longer serving you. This can help you set boundaries, engage in self-care, and detach your productivity from your worth. 
  2. Learn to say no. It’s a full sentence and it’s a big part of becoming healthy.
  3. Get clear on what fulfills you and choose to do what’s important to you rather than just show up.


 About Dr. Robyn:

Dr. Robyn Alley-Hay is a women’s empowerment coach, physician coach, speaker, and author. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas, Wichita. She is a Certified Physician Development Coach and a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching. And if that weren’t enough, Dr. Alley-Hay also works with a non-profit that at the invitation of the Dalai Lama provides Western medicine to a Tibetan Buddhist population in the far reaches of the Himalayan mountains. 

She is currently living and loving in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two longhorn cows, twelve goats, three dogs, two cats, one duck, and several chickens.


Get in touch:

Dr. Alley-Hay can be reached on social media, or at her website for speaking, coaching, and consulting inquiries.







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Dr. Harry Karydes: How to Mentally Leave Work at Work

Do you tell yourself you’re “doing just fine” when really you’re just going through the motions, experiencing death by a thousand cuts? That’s how Dr. Harry Karydes described his experience as an emergency physician in a community hospital. As is the norm there, Dr. Harry would do shift work and within his first hour on the job would see eight patients. In retrospect, he calls this a “pretty risky pace” because when you’re the only physician working, you’re all alone and the buck stops with you. 

 Imagine the toll working at this pace has on you, especially when you can’t always save everyone. Then a baby died during his shift, which described as “a sledgehammer across my face.” He didn’t have time to grieve on the job and when he got home, he didn’t want to “burden” his wife with the news. He kept it to himself, a huge red flag of burnout that’s pushed many others in a similar situation to suicide. 

This week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout is dedicated to anyone whose blurred the lines between work and home, who finds themselves in in burnout territory, and who needs a wakeup call. It’s also dedicated to physicians who want specific resources for creating a shut-down routine after work.  

About Dr. Harry Karydes

Dr. Harry Karydes is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist who practices in the Chicagoland area. He understands the issues that physicians face every day including stress, lack of motivation, and mental fatigue that have become commonplace in medicine 

For years, he struggled to keep things balanced while growing at work and thriving at home, and his success came at the expense of his health and family. Something needed to change.

Harry has crafted habits that focus on reaching personal and professional goals without sacrificing one for the other. As a writer and national speaker who has a passion for physician wellness, he helps overwhelmed physicians, residents, and medical students to live a life of focus and balance. His mission is to give you the courage and the tools to learn, grow, and thrive in the important areas of your life. His main platform is at where he has a blog and podcast. 

Dr. Harry’s Tips: 

Tip #1: Create a self-care routine before and after work. This will trickle down to better relationships at home and at work.

Tip #2: Minimize distractions including from others while you’re working so you can focus on your tasks.

Tip #3: Schedule time with people you care about in advance. This helps prevent isolation and a feeling of loneliness. 



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Heather Tolley-Bauer: How to Be Funny and Avoid Burnout

If you regularly feel stressed out, humor can be your secret weapon for burnout prevention. This week on Decode Your Burnout, I interviewed Heather Tolley-Bauer, a stand-up comedian who shares her wisdom about comedy and tips for successful living. She reminds us that not everything is a laugh out loud moment, but we need to find the things that are and laugh when we can. She also shares one of the formulas for being funny. 

Heather Tolley-Bauer is a drop-dead funny, stay-at-home mom, wife, and colorectal cancer-survivor. As a stand-up comedian, she provides all kinds of audiences with much-needed laughs to cope with everything from marriage, middle-age & millennials to parenting, Pinterest, the PTA, a Pandemic and so much more.

She books, hosts and produces a wildly popular show called Laugh-Lines & Stretch-Marks®️, has opened for nationally touring comic Brian Moote, appeared on the Weather Channel’s original program, Weather Gone Viral, and was recently selected to perform at the prestigious LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Her top 7 tips include:

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take your business seriously. You will not be for everyone, so just be OK with it. 
  2. You don’t have to have it all figured out before you take action
  3. Once you have some tested material under your belt, you can customize the experience for the audience and do it without the message being fully baked
  4. If you’re going to do work that takes you away from your family, have it be meaningful
  5. As an entrepreneur, you need to know how much it costs you to do business and how much you want to make. This will help you figure out how much wiggle room you have in your pricing when onboarding a new client so you’re never giving away what you’re doing in terms of money or energy. By establishing your bottom line, you give yourself permission to hold the line around your pricing.
  6.  If you’re a people pleaser and you tend to give the farm away because you want people to like you, because it’s hard for you to say no, because you feel guilty, or because you think it’s selfish to focus on yourself, then take this to heart: Figure out what your bottom line is, which means in your case, what are you already committed to? What do you need for yourself? What are the essentials that you need to protect yourself from burnout so that you can still show up for other people without showing up so much that you’re not showing up for yourself?
  7. It’s up to each one of us to define what it means to be successful. 


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Alex Strathdee: Debunk the Myths of What It Takes to Be a Successful Self-Published Author

Are you a self-published author who’s struggling to get your book in front of more eyeballs? This week’s guest on Decode Your Burnout is Alex Strathdee, an Amazon ads expert who debunks the myths of what it takes to be a successful author. These tips will be relevant to you as an entrepreneur even if you’re not an author.

At 21, Alex convinced 11 colleges to send his book to 40,000+ students across the US. Now, he’s the founder of (200+ books and $300,000+ in ad spend) where he helps authors get their books read. He works from various countries from around the world. A minimalist at heart – everything he owns fits into a backpack and duffel bag. When he’s not working, you can find him sitting out on a surfboard, waiting for the next big wave.

Myth 1: All you have to do is put your book on Amazon and it’s going to sell. The truth is that you need to be specific, know who your audience is so you can speak their language when you market to them. 

Myth 2: What works for one author will work for another. Each book is different so you need a more targeted approach when it comes to selling it.  Find out what your ideal reader is searching for so you can have ads that include those keywords. This is true in business when it comes to your ideal client because your niche will set you apart and make your offer relevant.

Myth 3: When it comes to Amazon ads, you have to go big or go home. It’s better to start small and get some data before you outsource Amazon ads to someone else. You don’t have to do it all yourself. 


  1. – free resources for authors including a free Amazon ads course
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Michelle Kulp: When the Pink Slip is Your Ticket Out

Sometimes, getting a pink slip can be your ticket out. This week on Decode Your Burnout, we hear the story from a former single mom to three kids who burned out working in a high stress  nine to five corporate job. Getting fired may have put her out of her misery, but it was her promise to singer Billy Ray Cyrus that helped her find her dream. 

Today, Michelle Kulp is the bestselling author of over 20 books. In 2020, Michelle decided to write, publish and launch a book a month as an “experiment” and created thousands of dollars in passive income by writing books. Her books also connect her with clients for her Bestselling Author Program.

She joins us to debunk the myths of what it takes to be a successful author and we learn how to apply her tips to life in general to prevent burnout.

Tip 1: Sometimes we think that we need something big to happen, but you can do a lot more yourself and you can have more control of the process. Get active and find ways that you can apply the tips that are out there from other people who have done it to whatever your project is that you’d like to accomplish. 

Tip 2: Don’t just set it and forget it. have some sort of follow-up. 

Tip 3: If you’ve got writer’s block, show up anyway. You’ve got to hold yourself accountable by having some sort of a timeline and structure around when you show up for your work. 


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Linda Walker: What ADHD and Burnout Do To Your Brain

Are you someone with ADHD who feels burned out? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try, you can never get through the thousands of items on your to do list? Do you tend to take on more than you can handle?

If that’s you, tune in to this week’s episode of Decode Your Burnout where I interview ADHD expert and coach, Linda Walker, who shared her journey through and recovery from burnout.

Linda helps overwhelmed entrepreneurs and executives with ADHD or ADHD tendencies find clarity of purpose, achieve better focus, and adopt better time management techniques. She is the author of “With Time to Spare: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Performance for Entrepreneurs, Adults with ADHD, and Other Creative Geniuses.” 

Here are the tips Linda shared:

  1. Prioritize  and manage tasks using a top-down approach. Look at the project or big picture first and then at the individual tasks
  2. Find out what you’ve already committed to before you take on any new tasks
  3. Force in a social life and time to do things that are creative and fun outside of work even if you love what you do
  4. Plan your work around periods in your day when you’re better focused
  5. Use the calendar rather than rely on memory for your to-dos


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Jamie Getgood: When Life On the Outside Looks Better Than You Feel

Do you carry the responsibility for the world on your shoulders? Has that backfired on you? Too often when we lead with our heart and we fall out of balance, we can get burned out and find our lives turning upside down. 

This week’s episode features International Keynote Speaker and award winning Australian leader, Jamie Getgood. He shares his burnout story and transformation through it all including his three tips to preventing burnout:

#1: Accept where you are

#2: Focus on the wins

#3: Delegate to continue creating wins while releasing what doesn’t serve your highest good


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Regena Rosa Celeste: Not Enoughness, Imposter Syndrome, and Burnout

Does your inner voice tell you that you’re not enough? Do you feel compelled to prove yourself at work, which leads to a perpetual go-go-go? 

Living in the rat race of “do more, be more” is what can lead to burnout. 

This week’s episode features  International Speaker, Best Selling Author, Mindset Coach and Recovering Perfectionist, Regena Rosa Celeste who has been through it all. She shares about the effects of stress, depression, and how when you’re afraid of dealing with something, burnout can show up to help you “stop doing and just be.”

Questions Regena asked herself, which you can try on:

  • Am I doing too much?
  • Do I need to take a step back?
  • Am I willing to step into being the best version of myself?

Today, Regena works with conscious minded entrepreneurs to release anxiety and overwhelm so that they can live passionate, purposeful and peaceful lives. 

Her tips to prevent burnout include:

#1: Accept where you are
#2: Focus on the wins
#3: Delegate to continue creating wins while releasing what doesn’t serve your highest good


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Tracy Bingaman: How Wearing Work like Armor Can Burn You Out

Are you someone who redlines on a daily basis, can’t sleep at night, and even as your body is falling apart, you think, “I’m just going to feel exhausted and bone tired for the next 18 years and then my kids will all move out and magically everything will get better”? Do you assume if you’re struggling that you just need to try harder? Does your life look amazing on the outside but it doesn’t feel OK? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely deeply burned out. 

This week, I interview Tracy Bingaman who experienced all of those things as a hard-driving surgery PA. On a gut level, she knew something had to change. She would say, “I can’t keep doing this” but because she was so busy and deep into burnout, she didn’t have time to figure out what to do instead. 

Burnout served as a wake-up call and since then she has transformed her life and career. After quitting her job, she created balance and peace where there was frenzy and chaos. Now she teaches working moms to have more time and more money than they know what to do with. You can find her loving her husband, pups and kids, chasing her dreams, skiing, reading fiction books and enjoying a well mixed margarita!

Her 3 tips include: 

#1: Determine your Basic Needs and start meeting at least one a day.

#2: Create a clear, enforceable boundary (with others or yourself) and then stick to it.

#3: Remember to rest – schedule time to actively rest and recover from the depths of burnout – not Netflix and veg, but to rest and give your body and mind the restorative support it needs.


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On Instagram: @mrstracybingaman

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Genein Letford: The Perfect Storm that Led to Burnout

One burnout profile is the Doer. It’s when you do a lot, but it doesn’t ever feel like enough. And maybe you are a workaholic, or maybe you don’t feel alive unless you’re doing a ton of stuff. Either way, if you’re burning out because you’re always on, listen as Genein Letford, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of CAFFE Strategies, shares her journey to recovery and balance.

Here’s a glimpse of what Genein was up to when she burned out:

  • Full-time teaching
  • Writing a book on the side
  • Teaching night classes part-time
  • On the board of
  • Leadership at her church

…all while pregnant! Finally, once she had her baby and wasn’t sleeping enough, it was the perfect storm for burnout. 

Since then, Genein has integrated fundamental changes that have helped her have more balance, shift her mindset about her productivity and related worth, and allows her to enjoy motherhood and entrepreneurship where she now trains C-Suite executives and employees to create sustainable organizational equity and inclusion strategies while unleashing their innovative thinking for themselves and in their businesses.

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Dr. Jacqueline Kerr on Working Mom Burnout: The Puppy That Broke the Camel’s Back

If you’re a working mom trying desperately to be the best in both worlds but finding that you’re burning out in the process, you need to listen to Dr. Jacqueline Kerr’s story. She shares what it’s like to be a perfectionist and a people pleaser, why moms are at a structural disadvantage in the workplace, and her tips for recovery.


Desiree Lawn: Work Until You Drop

Did you know that burnout can lead to autoimmune diseases? This week, certified NES health practitioner Desiree Lawn shares her experience of burnout, her journey to self-healing from fatigue, pain, and digestive issues, and resources to help you do the same. 


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Rebecca Moore: Dangerous Beliefs and Founder Burnout

If intense years of nonstop working have led you to burn out, you are not alone. Serial entrepreneur and founder coach, Rebecca Moore, shares her journey of being a business owner while starting a family, battling cancer, and the effects of 9/11. Find out her burnout code and recovery strategies.

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