During Phase 1 you noticed that your feeling is an important indicator. In Phase 2 that is certainly no less. From now on you will make many decisions based on your feeling. That may be a bit unfamiliar and perhaps strange for your work environment.


It is however essential that you listen to your feeling. That you start seeing your feeling as a counsellor. You can’t explain it to people who don’t understand that feeling plays a major role in your recovery.


Maybe people will think you’re vague if you say: I’m not pulling this now, I’m choosing for myself or this doesn’t feel right. Unfortunately, that cannot be prevented.


Please listen to your feeling


Own experience 

More and more often I came to my senses, when making decisions. I started listening to it more and more. Then I had to do certain tasks or sit on a committee and that didn’t feel right beforehand. I used to think sit down with it, maybe you’ll learn something.


But I kept thinking more and more, this doesn’t feel right. This is not for me and then I chose not to participate. Or to do something else.


Within our school there were more people who had suffered from a burn out. They knew what I was talking about when I said this doesn’t feel right. I make another choice. 


Not everyone understood this and maybe I was seen as strange or vague.


Then you immediately know with which people you cannot discuss this and where you do not have to invest energy in.


What’s positive 

You always have your feeling with you. Your gut feeling is often right. So, try to listen to your gut feeling.


You will also lose and gain contacts. With people who are more familiar with feeling in stand of common sense. This way you get more and more people around you who belong to this part of recovery.



1.   You have to train to listen to your feeling, that doesn’t happen immediately

2.   Take it very seriously, you have noticed that not listening to your feelings has been part of the cause of the burn out.

3.   Even if you don’t understand it yet, get started with this

4.   Split your environment into people who get it and people who don’t

5.   Be yourself: then just a little floaty

For the employer

Because your employee is in a change process, it is good to give him space. So that he can discover what suits him and what doesn’t.


Feeling and gut play an important role in this process. It’s good to be open to that.