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Combatting Burnout: My personal list of resources

I've been noticing more and more posts about compassion fatigue and burnout among trainers and therapists. It's heartbreaking to see the people dedicated to the well-being of others and our beloved horses struggling in this way.

During my training for human licensing, we were required to complete extensive courses in professional development, communication, boundary setting, ethics, business management, and self-care. These courses were essential for helping us navigate the inevitable challenges of our careers.

I believe it's time for equine educational programs to step up and incorporate these crucial subjects into their curriculum. Doing so would offer equine professionals the tools and strategies they need to prevent burnout and stay grounded while they work tirelessly to improve the health and welfare of horses.

If you're currently experiencing fatigue or burnout, and these areas weren't covered in your education, it's never too late to focus on personal growth and professional development. It can be a game-changer. I was fortunate to receive this training early on, but I am still working on refining my skills as my career evolves.

 To help you on your journey, I am sharing with you my list of recommended resources like books, podcasts, and exercises from inspiring (and educated) thinkers. Resource list below.

I hope whoever needs these resources finds them as helpful as I have over the years. They cover a range of topics from leadership and boundaries to emotional resilience and personal growth.

Self-care is more than bubble baths and taking breaks; it's about nurturing your mind, body, and soul every day. It’s not always easy—it takes effort—but it’s crucial for a long and sustainable career. It involves deep introspection, examining your thoughts, setting healthy boundaries, maintaining a balanced mindset, and, most importantly, committing to your own well-being first.

My Resource List

Diana Chapman

  • Book: "The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership" by Diana Chapman, Jim Dethmer, and Kaley Klemp. This book offers insights into leadership and conscious practices for creating positive organizational change.

  • Resource: Visit Conscious Leadership Group for articles, videos, and leadership exercises to promote a healthy work environment.

Greg McKeown

  • Book: "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less." This book discusses the importance of focusing on what truly matters and reducing the clutter in life.

  • Podcast: "The Greg McKeown Podcast" focuses on leadership, decision-making, and living with greater intention.

Tim Ferriss

  • Books: Tim Ferriss has authored several books, including "The 4-Hour Workweek," "The 4-Hour Body," and "Tools of Titans." Each book offers various life hacks, productivity tips, and success strategies.

  • Podcast: "The Tim Ferriss Show" features interviews with high performers, discussing their habits, routines, and strategies for success.

Byron Katie

  • Books: Byron Katie has written several books on self-inquiry and emotional healing, including "Loving What Is" and "A Mind at Home with Itself." These works focus on transforming thought patterns and reducing stress.

  • Resource: Visit The Work for resources on Byron Katie's method of self-inquiry and practical exercises to change limiting beliefs.

Brené Brown

  • Books: Brené Brown's best-known works include "Daring Greatness," "Braving the Wilderness," and "Rising Strong." These books delve into vulnerability, courage, and building resilience.

  • Podcast: "Unlocking Us" and "Dare to Lead" are podcasts hosted by Brené Brown, exploring human connection, leadership, and personal growth.

Boyd Varty

  • Book: "The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life" by Boyd Varty explores life lessons derived from tracking in the wilderness and personal transformation.

  • Podcast: "The Track Your Life Podcast" by Boyd Varty shares insights into personal growth and finding one's path.

Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Book: "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom." This book introduces four key principles to guide personal transformation: be impeccable with your word, don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, and always do your best.

  • Companion Book: "The Four Agreements Companion Book." This book provides deeper insights, exercises, and practical applications for incorporating the four agreements into daily life.

  • Book: "The Fifth Agreement." In this book, Don Miguel Ruiz adds a fifth principle, "Be Skeptical, but Learn to Listen," encouraging critical thinking while staying open-minded.

  • Audio Version: "The Four Agreements" audiobook, available on platforms like Audible. Don Miguel Ruiz narrates his work, offering a different way to engage with his teachings.

  • Website: Miguel Ruiz provides information on workshops, retreats, and events that explore the teachings of "The Four Agreements."

  • Online Communities: Social media platforms and online forums often have groups dedicated to discussing and sharing experiences related to "The Four Agreements." You can engage with others who are exploring these principles.


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