“Burnout” host Connor Franta stopped by Podsauce to talk about his series that covers a timely and relatable topic, especially during COVID-19. Connor partnered with Lemonada Media and Mindful to produce a podcast all about breaking points, American workplace culture, and what people can do to break the cycle of mental and physical burnout. Connor also candidly shared his personal experiences working through his burnout journey, mental health struggles, and more.
Each episode is an educational resource for people to learn about burnout from all angles, diving into the physicality, background, and how it can affect people differently. Connor said his podcast has been an enlightening process for himself and hopes listeners can learn, too.
Connor discussed how he found guests to interview on “Burnout,” and went beyond the 4 episodes with bonus stories (in mini episodes) because there were so many guests willing to share their journeys.
In addition to the podcast, Connor is popular on social media and YouTube, sharing that he grappled with a constant pressure to move full-speed ahead. Connor hustled from age 17 on and eventually felt the burn after going non-stop: he went from being a college student and college athlete to starting his own business to content creating – the very beginning of many fruitful endeavors including authoring New York Times best-selling books like his memoir, Note to Self.
Connor shared a pivotal moment in his life that allowed him to switch gears. Connor posted his coming out via YouTube and publicly joined the queer community while feeling newly added pressure. Connor told Podsauce about his personal healing work but felt tons of built up trauma at the time he was feeling most burnt out.
Nowadays, Connor is thrilled to be a “beacon of light” for his peers and other young people on similar paths – whether coming out or taking a break to recuperate for your own health. Connor told Podsauce hosts Alesha and Dax why self-compassion is key.
Lastly, Connor shared his podcast picks including “Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine” and “Ologies with Alie Ward.”