The Burnout Project has a mission to get burnout resources to those who need them.
I’m Amy, a medical doctor, author, speaker, and burnout counsellor.
As a doctor, mother of 5, and business owner, I know what it’s like to be pulled in all directions and burn out. I know what it’s like to squeeze in the housework, sick relatives, supporting friends, and juggling after-school sports. I know what it’s like to feel like you’ve just got everything hanging together (by a thread) to then be hit with sick kids, or your friend has a baby and you want to take her a lovely home-cooked meal, or a stressful urgent unavoidable task gets dropped in your lap. Suddenly, that thread breaks, and you wonder how you’ll do it. But somehow you do. You draw every last ounce of strength, and get through it. And every now and then you fall in an exhausted heap. I know how this feels, because I’ve been there.
As a former General Practitioner trainee, I’ve seen countless cases of burnout among patients and colleagues, not to mention friends and family. I was concerned by how late people tended to seek help, increasing the severity of symptoms and recovery time. Once burnout was identified, I saw how difficult it was to find high quality burnout support, delivered in an accessible way and in a format that actually allowed for long-term recovery.
My mission is to raise awareness of burnout as a huge problem facing our society, to reduce stigma, guide workplaces in preventing burnout, and assist individuals in their recovery. I strive to focus not just on providing information, but making it practicable within normal, full, complicated lives. This has required considered adaptation of the basic principles of burnout prevention and recovery to suit audiences, including parents, professionals, small business owners, healthcare workers, crafting groups, community leaders, managers, and carers of children with special needs.
Dr Imms is a fully qualified and registered doctor in Tasmania, Australia.
If you are seeking guidance on your journey to overcome burnout, find out about services Dr Amy Imms offers here.