Ep. 74 – Recognising + Overcoming Burnout with Dr Amy Imms


In this episode I’m joined by fellow Tasmanian Dr Amy Imms to help us recognise and overcome burnout. 

Dr Amy Imms is a medical doctor, founder of The Burnout Project, author of ‘Burnout: your first ten steps’, and mother of 5, yes five! 

Since her own experience of the overwhelm and isolation of burnout  in 2016, Amy made it her mission to provide the support and resources to others that she couldn’t find for herself. 

Amy wants everyone with burnout to know: you are not weak, you are not a failure, this is not your fault, and there is something you can do about it.

Amy is a graduate of Utas, and spent her early career at the Royal Hobart Hospital and working as a trainee GP in the greater Hobart area. Since her own experience of burnout in 2016, she has been raising awareness of burnout and assisting individuals and organisations to prevent and manage burnout well so that employees can have fulfilling and sustainable careers. Amy assists individuals through burnout counselling, online courses, and support groups. She works with a large range of organisations to address their needs, anywhere from one-off workshops to comprehensive assistance for both staff and management in creating wellbeing strategies and mitigating risk factors. 

Episode Highlights

  1. How can one define burnout? [2:02]
  2. How can a person detect if they’re heading towards burnout? [4:03]
  3. Assess if you’re feeling tired all the time [4:59]
  4. Experiencing emotional detachment is another sign of burnout [5:12]
  5. Reduced professional efficacy in the workplace can also lead to burnout [5:35]
  6. Strategies to use when you’re approaching or if you have reached that burnout point [6:16]
  7. How can business owners prevent burnout from happening? [9:50]
  8. Start training your brain to respond differently to circumstances by paying attention to the present moment [15:19]
  9. There’s no perfect work-life balance, and you can’t do everything simultaneously [22:38]

Links Mentioned

This episode discusses self harm. If this has raised any concerns for you, I encourage you to connect with Lifeline in the way you feel most comfortable. You can phone Lifeline to speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days), text 0477 131 114 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or chat to Lifeline online at www.lifeline.org.au (24/7).


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