Ancient Futures
Ancient Futures
Beyond Burnout – Anna Schaffner

Beyond Burnout – Anna Schaffner

Timeless ways of coping with an overwhelming culture

No transcript...

Why do so many of us feel so exhausted these days? What can we do to avoid burning out, or to help us recover? Anna Schaffner is a scholar-turned-coach, who helps others to find their own answers to these sorts of questions, while sharing what she’s learned from her own workplace burnout.

Anna Schaffner and her new book, Exhausted

In her previous role as a professor of cultural history, she wrote academic books about the history of exhaustion and self-help. Now she’s distilled her insights into Exhausted: An A-Z for the Weary, which draws on everything from Stoicism to literary classics.

As Anna writes in the book, “we still have much to learn from the ancients, and from other cultures,” so we talk about some crossovers with yoga philosophy and Buddhist ideas. In the process, we also consider (among other topics):

  • Why there’s so much social pressure to work too hard

  • What drives perfectionism, and why it’s not always “bad”

  • How keeping busy helps people to bury unwanted feelings

  • Ways to focus on what we control and accept what we can’t

  • The transformative power of enjoying a hobby, just for fun

If you’re currently struggling at work, my friend and collaborator Matthew Green has just launched a newsletter offering suggestions:


If you’d like to fuel more conversations, please consider a paid subscription or click below

Buy me a coffee

Ancient Futures is offered for free, but your donations help to make it sustainable - thanks!

Ancient Futures
Ancient Futures
Timeless wisdom for modern dilemmas, combining critical thinking with yoga philosophy and practical insights. Hosted by Daniel Simpson.