I read this book at the height of my burnout. I was lost and unfulfilled, longing for clarity and inner peace — yet, had no idea how to get there. Sometimes the source of the burnout is not easy to recognize. We tend to blame the symptoms, such as our jobs, finances or marriages. Instead, Beck helps us to define and explore the root cause of the burnout, beginning the journey back to one’s true self — a lovely gift for the dawn of a new year. (Amazon, $12)
This book is for those willing to go deep and explore a greater awareness of themselves within the world around them. It challenges one to consider that perhaps burnout isn’t caused by external factors, but by a thought process that may be haunting and limiting us. This may be the perfect gift to release the prisoner deep within. (Amazon, $9)
I have listed two of Brené Brown’s books — however, I could list them all because her messages are powerful. This book, in particular, speaks as a guide to wholehearted living, which she defines as a recipe of courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries and connection. One root cause of burnout is often the intense desire to be perfect. This holiday, consider the gift of imperfection and acceptance and watch what unfolds for family, friends — and even yourself. (Amazon, $9)
In Brown’s most recent book, released in October 2015, she explains the process and strength that comes from stepping into the heart of conflict, whether with yourself or with another human being. She takes us through personal stories that align with her process, defined as “the reckoning, rumble and revolution.” Often we create the root cause of burnout through the stories we tell ourselves. Brown takes us through a journey of understanding and acceptance, which we often have to fall hard to rise strong. (Amazon, $16)
Often, creativity and inspiration can leave just as quickly as they arrived. Burnout can be both a source and a symptom in the creative process. In her book, Gilbert explores where and when inspiration finds and leaves us by sharing personal and relatable stories filled with humor and vulnerability. If you know someone who values creativity in any form (writing, art, music) and is in need of a spark, then this is a gift to highly consider. (Amazon, $14)
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