“Burnout is not the same as stress,” psychotherapist Anna Lindberg Cedar explains to me on the phone. But with burnout, you stop functioning. To access the joy you once felt in the kitchen, Cedar recommends grounding exercises: Mindfulness, basically. Burnout can feel numbing, even dissociating, and the first step against it is to tease the senses, taking note of every sensation in your body. Cooking with a focus on each sensation, Cedar says, “can help you find respite even in a chaotic world.”
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