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Wisdom of the Body

Jul 15, 2021

Listen to burnout recovery expert Cait Donovan address the causes and symptoms of burnout with Heather. Today, over 50 percent of people report being burned out. Learn about the core definition of burnout and come to understand your own personal threshold. Feel empowered to reach out to others, and remember that success and happiness always comes with a little help from our friends. Bounce back from exhaustion and resentment to feel resilience once again. 

In this episode, Heather and Cait discuss:

  • How Cait and Heather met at yoga teacher training in 2010
  • Symptoms of burnout, including physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, resentment, lack of feeling impactful or accomplished in work and life, fatigue, IBS and fertility issues.
  • Fire element in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine
  • Ming Meng in Chinese medicine
  • How the pandemic has increased burnout
  • Hyperactive amygdala and living in fight or flight mode
  • Losing nerve cells as a result of burnout
  • The prefrontal cortex and disconnect
  • What makes someone have resilience
  • How to deal with resentment and boundaries
  • Gratitude practices
  • How to ask for help
  • How to recover from burnout


Cait Donovan is one of New York City’s leading burnout experts, host of “Fried – The Burnout Podcast,” and author of the book The Bouncebackability Factor: End Burnout, Gain Resilience, and Change the World. Her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine enables Cait to combine Eastern wisdom with her natural practicality. After performing more than 25,000 acupuncture treatments, Cait added 1:1 coaching, corporate workshops, and keynotes for companies such as PTC, Lululemon, Vedder Price, Marsh and Mclennan, and Workplaceless – all with a focus on ending burnout culture. She has been featured on podcasts and online magazines such as “Forbes”, “Elephant Journal,” “Thrive Global,” “Addicted 2 Success”, as well as quoted in Oprah Magazine.   

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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