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The trauma of the past year has triggered a burnout crisis. Discovery ways to restore balance from an expert.

Over the past few months, you’ve probably heard yourself or a loved one saying something like “I’m so burned out,” “I’m just fried,” or “I’m just so over it.” If ever there was a golden era of burnout, we are in it. Wendy McCallum is a certified burnout and balance coach based in Nova Scotia. Her clients are mostly high-achieving women. “What I can say is in my experience, where I see burnout present is when someone is getting pressure from two different places. So, they are dealing with professional burnout but they also have caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is an aspect we don’t tend to think about as much. We tend to think of burnout in relation to job responsibilities, but it also occurs from caregiving responsibilities.” Some of the women McCallum works with are struggling with the demands of very young children, while others are caring for older children and also their aging parents. “Women are working triple shifts. It’s been the perfect storm for burnout.” However, “just one factor” can create burnout, too. “I have clients who have lots of support at home, but their job re …

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Kathryn Drury Wagner

Kathryn Drury Wagner is based in Savannah. She’s been a contributor to the magazine for many years, and she loves sharing ways to build a healthy, mindful, and sustainable lifestyle.

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