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On a glorious, and slightly chilly morning I’ve found myself standing on the spot I last visited in 2019.

I’m at the Q station at Manly looking across the water to Sydney.

Built in 1873 as a quarantine station, it was where immigrants arriving by ship who were sick or possibly infected were held until they recovered, died or deemed healthy to be allowed to join the general community.

The history is fascinating and how ironic to have stayed here just before Covid arrived.

This time I’m here as part of the annual Serenity Collective’s Thriving Workplace event, invited to host a panel to discuss “Taming the burnout beast.”

Sincere thanks and deep gratitude to Claire Jones and Sophie Hart for hosting the event.

Your passion for your work is inspiring.

Thanks also to the brilliant panelists Bazz, Kazz and Nat aka Barry Thomas, Karen Oldaker and Natalie Flatt for sharing your wisdom, insights and determination to make burnout a thing of the past.

Burnout has become an unnecessary and costly burden.

It is entirely preventable.

It can be tamed.

What matters is remembering, we’re human.

We can all step up to do more in the short term. What we can’t do is continue to overwork becoming chronically stressed in the process and not expect there to be a subsequent cost to our health and wellbeing.

Work is an important part of our lives. The financial transaction helps us to pay the bills.

But it’s never worth dying for or making ourselves sick.

What #onesmallthing will you be doing to avoid burnout happening to you or someone else in your workplace? This beast must be tamed.

Dr Jenny Brockis

Dr Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner and internationally board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, workplace health and wellbeing consultant, keynote speaker and best-selling author. You can now pre-order her new book ‘The Natural Advantage’ due for publication in October 2024.

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