Feeling Burned Out As A Career Coach? Here Are Five Steps To Help You Heal
(Excerpt of the article published on Forbes.)
When the economy takes a downturn, there are some industries that suffer a little, some that suffer a lot and a couple that thrive. The dot-com bubble burst of the early 2000s was a bummer for tech workers but a boom-time for intellectual property lawyers. And if, like me, you’ve spent the last two years in career coaching, you’ve probably been busier than ever, with all the good and bad that implies.
For the last year and a half, I have been on calls with people all day, day after day. People whose jobs have disappeared. People who’ve taken this moment to reassess and have decided they are in the wrong sector completely. People who’ve realized they might have more stability — not less — if they work for themselves. There is opportunity in crisis and I thrive on finding it.
Now that things have calmed down for a lot of us, I’m suddenly noticing something interesting: I am in major burnout mode. If you’ve ever touched down for a bucket-list vacation after a stressful time at work and spent most of that vacation in bed in a hotel room with the worst-timed case of the flu, you know what I’m talking about. We can run on adrenaline and momentum for a long time, but once we stop running, there’s an inevitable crash.
Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way is not just for artists, and I recommend checking it out if you’re feeling blah, blocked or burned out. It inspired me to come up with my own five-part prescription for burned-out coaches. Create your own substitutions as far as the specifics. The point is to refill the well and get your mojo back.
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