Burnout: a spiritual crisis: from stress to transformation


by Stephen G Wright (Author)
Dr Jean Watson (Foreword)


Extremes of stress are nothing new to those in caring work. Despair and exhaustion can set in. It’s especially common in the caring professions – nurses, teachers, doctors, social workers, ministers, police and fire personnel and so on, but it also occurs among those in industry and commerce. Burnout has become a catchall word now widely used, especially at times of health crisis when stress upon carers becomes more publicly visible. Widely used, but not always widely understood. At one level burnout is what happens when we are stretched to the limits of coping with caring. In this sense, it’s a consequence of extreme stress. Yet, as we explore in these pages, there’s much more to it than that. Something deeper is going on. Burnout is what happens when we not only reach our limits of coping, but also find ourselves thrust into a fierce landscape where old certainties seem to fall away, life’s meaning and purpose change seems to seem lost, confusion about who we really are and what on earth we are doing sets in – the very stuff of spirituality and spiritual crisis. This book explores – The relationship between stress and burnout – Why burnout is a spiritual crisis and what that means – How to identify it in ourselves and others – How to prevent it – How to work through it when it happens. In describing the problem and the solutions, this book has a hopeful message. If we engage with it as suggested, burnout ceases to be something in which we feel hopeless, diminished and stuck in suffering. Instead, it can become a catalyst for change, an opportunity to re-energise and transform, a way of finding renewed joy, hope and peace in life.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sacred Space Publications (May 4, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 100 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838473807
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838473808
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.5 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.14 x 0.25 x 9.21 inches