452 | Overcoming Burnout with David Greenwood

452 | Overcoming Burnout with David Greenwood

Returning to the podcast is David Greenwood, the author of Overcoming Burnout: Real Life Strategies for Burnout, Recovery, and Prevention.  He is also the author of Overcoming Distraction: Thriving with Adult ADHD and hosts the ADHD podcast called “Overcoming Distractions.”

Learn more about David Greenwood at
Find his books Overcoming Burnout and Overcoming Distraction at 

Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:05:44] What made David want to write about burnout?
  • [00:07:45] What is burnout?  What are the symptoms/basic signs of burnout? 
  • [00:09:26] What is the line distinguishing between depression and burnout? 
  • [00:10:45] Alleviating stress is not the same thing as alleviating the stressor. What’s the difference?
  • [00:13:40] “Burnout recovery starts with the body.” 
  • [00:20:28] How do we know if we’re in a period of stress vs. actual burnout that needs to be addressed? 
  • [00:24:04] What else can we do, other than exercise, to help with burnout?
  • [00:36:17] Recap of the 6 things to do when you begin to recognize you’re headed to burnout.
  • [00:37:48] Another way to help with burnout is… 
  • [00:40:03] How do drugs/alcohol affect burnout?  

6 things to do when you begin to recognize you’re headed to burnout:

  • Talk with someone you trust. 
  • Hit the gym / do something physical & exercise   
  • Sit still.  Try for 30 minutes to start.  
  • Book a weekend away. 
  • Manage your time. 
  • Test your “no” and say no to at least one thing. 

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