In this episode of the Fathering Strong Podcast, Bruce and Eli discuss the importance of rest and the negative effects of burnout. They highlight the impact of burnout on work performance, relationships, and overall well-being. They emphasize the need for emotional and physical rest, and the importance of setting boundaries and saying no to prevent burnout. They also discuss the benefits of rest, including improved focus, productivity, and overall health. They encourage listeners to prioritize rest and set a good example for their children.


rest, burnout, work-life balance, emotional exhaustion, relationships, self-care, boundaries, saying no, physical well-being, mental well-being, productivity


  • Burnout is a serious issue that affects work performance, relationships, and overall well-being.
  • Emotional exhaustion is a main symptom of burnout and can lead to withdrawal and irritability.
  • Rest is essential for physical and mental health, and helps improve focus, productivity, and overall well-being.
  • Setting boundaries and saying no are important strategies to prevent burnout.
  • Prioritizing rest and setting a good example for children is crucial for their well-being and development.


  • Setting Boundaries and Saying No to Prevent Burnout
  • The Benefits of Rest for Physical and Mental Well-being

Sound Bites

  • “The lack of rest is a serious issue. It’s amazing how many people are suffering from burnout these days.”
  • “When you are emotionally exhausted, there’s not much left for you when it comes to your relationships.”
  • “When you’re feeling that way, it can make it difficult at home to even do basic household chores. You’re just tired.”


00:00 Introduction: Continuing the Discussion on Work-Life Balance and Introducing the Importance of Rest

02:27 Emotional Exhaustion as a Core Symptom of Burnout

05:57 The Impact of Burnout on Intimacy and Relationships

08:08 Strategies for Overcoming Burnout and Prioritizing Rest

16:13 The Benefits of Rest for Physical, Mental, and Emotional Well-being

30:48 Setting a Good Example for Children and Prioritizing Rest

35:00 Restoring the Soul and Seeking Inner Healing