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Bouncing Back: Overcoming Burnout and Finding Balance

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Burnout can hit anyone, regardless of profession, experience level, or life stage. It can leave you feeling exhausted, unfulfilled, and disconnected from the things you once enjoyed. But the good news is that it’s possible to overcome burnout and regain a sense of balance in your life. In this article, we’ll explore the causes and symptoms of burnout and offer actionable tips for bouncing back and finding fulfillment in both your personal and professional life.

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Burnout can creep up on us and leave us feeling unmotivated and drained. While quitting may not be an option, there are steps we can take to regain our energy and enthusiasm. When facing burnout, self-examination and realignment with our values can be powerful tools.

In this article, we’ll explore actionable steps you can take to overcome burnout and find renewed purpose and fulfillment in your life. We’ll delve into the common causes and symptoms of burnout, from work-related stress to personal obligations and societal pressures. We’ll also examine the role of self-care in preventing and recovering from burnout, including strategies for reducing stress and cultivating healthy habits. With practical tips and insights, this article will help you bounce back from burnout and find a greater sense of balance and satisfaction in your life.

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I discovered that I value learning new skills and helping people, and that I thrive when I’m directly helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. Then I looked for opportunities related to those things. Do you know what checked all the boxes for me? Massage school! It sounded crazy to me, too! I already had my Ph.D. and a successful career, and when I started mentioning my massage school idea to others, I definitely got a lot of strange looks.

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I started massage school a few months later, and that was the BEST year of my life. I still worked at my stressful job every day, but I didn’t mind it because I kept thinking about what I was going to learn in class that evening. I woke up excited, and I found the personal satisfaction I had been missing.

Even though my schedule was much fuller, I was more alive, motivated, healthier, and more present for my family than ever before. Numerous people commented on the spark in my eye that twinkled every time I talked about massage school, and I’m so thankful I took the time to look for opportunities to address what was meaningful and missing in my life.

And, upon graduating, I opened a small private massage practice, which continues to bring joy and purpose to my life.


  • Rate your current level of burnout on a scale of 1-10 and write it down.
  • Identify what you value and find meaningful. Write down topics that interest, inspire, and excite you.
  • Checkmark three topics that align with your values and interests.
  • Look for related opportunities such as courses, workshops, or articles online.
  • Choose one thing to focus on and research available opportunities, noting costs and time requirements.
  • Create a plan and take action towards your goal.

Reassess your level of burnout after a few weeks, months, or a year. Has your rating improved? Even with added responsibilities, seeking opportunities that align with your values and interests can lead to greater fulfillment and a better quality of life. Keep striving towards what makes you tick, even if it’s not a full-time pursuit.

About the Author:

Dr. Ann LeFevre, a licensed clinical social worker, certified massage therapist, and acupressurist, founded Restore Body and Soul – a wellness enterprise that caters to the therapeutic needs of individuals. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. LeFevre offers counseling, therapeutic massage, workshops, and hand-blended products to promote relaxation and wellness. In her book, Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You, she shares valuable lessons that have empowered her clients to manage stress naturally, live meaningfully, and realize their dreams.


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