#38 Dr. Anna K Schaffner Phd: Exhaustion Coach Integrating Stoicism

“Often exhaustion and burnout is not our fault, often it really is our working environments that are making us ill.”

Welcome everyone and thanks for tuning in to episode 38 of the It Matters To Me Podcast, a show that celebrates the random through 1-on-1 conversations with people and the passions they pursue.

With me today is Dr. Anna Schaffner, writer, coach, and professor of cultural history at the University of Kent.

Born in Germany, Anna evolved from a fun, energetic child who wasn’t shy about finding trouble into someone who is passionate about helping people transition from a state of exhaustion to a state of vitality in which they can direct their energy to what really matters in their life.

Synonymous with burnout, we talk about the history of exhaustion and how it was understood centuries ago as well as the evolution treating it has undergone throughout the ages.

We also spend some time discussing how Stoic philosophy has helped her clients reshape the concept of self and its inspiration in writing her latest book, The Art of Self-Improvement: Ten Timeless Truths.

Anna’s writings and research have appeared in some pretty notable places including, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, and Psychology Today so I was extremely honored to talk with her.

Our conversation really lifted my spirits and I hope it can do the same for you so, let’s get to it, here’s my talk with Dr. Anna Schaffner

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