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Burnout Is Now Our Default State

A therapist’s advice for curing it when the usual strategies no longer apply

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What do you call it when, after months of feeling pandemic-related burnout, you burn out from the burnout itself? Burn down? Burn away? Burn in?

Burnout is an ambiguous catchall term originally coined to describe the stress-induced exhaustion of people in…

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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the book Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.

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