What I know so far...
I am Erin and working as an Oncology Nurse for over 15 years, I'm familiar with burnout. From the beginning of my career I've tried to compartmentalize my life, making sure one area of my life didn't affect another. Most importantly, in my nursing career. When it proved almost impossible, I turned to the good old fashion, "Stuff down all your emotions so you can function" routine. That led to feelings of anger, frustration and isolation towards loved ones who "just didn't understand this job". Then shaming myself for feeling that way.
Our one marvelous human brain goes with us everywhere, there is no true compartmentalizing of our lives.
I learned the tools to move forward, without leaving any part of my life behind and there is no turning back. I've learned the skills to recognize burnout and catch it ahead of time . I'm no where near perfect and of course I still have difficult moments/days/weeks, but they do not last nearly as long. I use the skills I now know to move through my thoughts and emotions to stay present. I founded Triage Coaching to help Nurses learn new skills, ending their toxic relationship with burnout.