Why Quitting Your Job Won't Fix Burnout

26. Why Quitting Your Job Won’t Fix Burnout with Kim James

March 11, 2024


Leaving your workspace is not going to fix your burnout problem. Yes, there are situations where quitting can be the solution, especially if you are in a toxic work environment. However, building resilience and addressing personal elements are crucial, as the issues may transcend. In today’s episode, Kendall Berg speaks with Kim James about the misconceptions that you see when it comes to burnout, where people expect one thing, but maybe the way that burnout is manifesting can be different in reality.

Beyond Quitting: Unraveling the Controversy of Burnout Recovery and Job Transitions

Kim James discusses her experience with burnout, highlighting the importance of recognizing it early to prevent reaching a state of numbness. She emphasizes the need to restabilize oneself and build resilience, cautioning that merely leaving a job may not address underlying personal issues contributing to burnout. Additionally, Kim notes that burnout can stem from factors beyond work, such as boredom or lack of fulfillment.

Beyond the Job: Confronting Burnout in the Three-Bucket Theory

Unveiling a holistic approach to combating burnout, Kim and Kendall explore the Three-Bucket Theory, dissecting the career, hobby, and human connection aspects of life. James stresses the misconception that a fulfilling career equates to a fulfilling life. They provide practical advice, advocating for a balance among career aspirations, personal interests, and social connections.

They encourage listeners to assess their lives in three key areas: career/financials, hobbies/fulfillment activities, and human connections/family & friends interactions. By prioritizing these aspects and implementing self-care measures, individuals can strive for a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Unmasking Burnout: Insights on Boundaries, Change, and Resilience

The conversation shifts to focus on Gen Z’s view of work-life balance, emphasizing the desire for balanced lifestyles throughout their careers. Kendall and Kim stress the significance of setting boundaries and prioritizing well-being to prevent burnout. Strategies discussed include time-bounding busy seasons, paying attention to internal body messages, identifying stress triggers, and engaging in hobbies outside of work.

Kim aims to offer insights into recognizing and recovering from burnout and promoting healthier work-life balance through self-care practices like therapy sessions and journaling.

Check out on TikTok the fisherman’s story that Kendall and Kim reference in the episode.

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Episode Highlights

  • 2:05 Introduction to Burnout and Resiliency
  • 5:26 Recognizing Burnout and Its Manifestations
  • 8:08 The misconception that leaving a job will automatically fix burnout
  • 10:06 Burnout from boredom
  • 16:55 The role of therapy and seeking external support while experiencing burnout
  • 21:05 Finding Balance and Sustainability
  • 26:08 Long-Term Resilience and Listening to Your Body

About Kim James 

Kim James is a career woman with a decade of skin in the corporate game. Growing up in regional Australia, Kim knew early on her desire to move to the city and work with the big brands she saw on TV. Kim is passionate about helping others navigate their own career journey, with the stories of her personal experiences, to help you know your worth and own your path, no matter where it takes you. 

Follow Kim James on social media

TikTok: @kimelizabethjames1 

Instagram: @careergirlredefined

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