How to Spot — And Heal From — Political Burnout

There’s a reason they call it “hitting the wall.” Burnout really does feel like a whole-body experience, like physically running into an impassable barrier. You may be chugging along, telling yourself that you can push through whatever it is that’s plaguing you: the isolation of quarantine, the exhaustion of racial justice organizing, the difficulty concentrating on work from home while teaching a child, the late nights in the ER with coronavirus patients.

But, as psychiatrist and PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk writes, the body truly keeps score: when your body reaches its limit, you crash into the wall

As election season continues to heat up, and doubts about the peaceful transition of power add to our anxieties, many of us are approaching burnout. That’s no surprise, considering everything we are facing — a global pandemic that has disproportionately affected marginalized people, months of economic recession, racial justice protest, and heightened police brutality — would be enough to push anyone to the edge.

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