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Episode #23: Burnout and Boundaries for Caregivers with Sarah Carlisle Stewart

Today’s episode is with Sarah Carlisle Stewart! Sarah helps caregivers overcome codependency fueled burn out with authentically aligned, self-worth rooted boundaries. Sarah helps people in her one-on-one work as well as group coaching over at The Modern Nanny. She’s been doing the Sustainable Sisterhood Series on Instagram to honor the individual aspects of caregiving, so make sure to check that out!

Sarah and I talked about the importance of not skipping over taking care of ourselves and neglecting self care doesn’t help us be the best caregivers we can be. We talk about boundaries, self care and why we as caregivers should always feel worthy of those things.


In this episode, we learn about:

  • Sarah found out via sharing on social media that so many of us are feeling burnt out by caregiving and our jobs. (3:40)

  • Working with young children takes a lot of nourishing both for the child and for caregivers (professions and parents. (6:35)

  • When we’re neglecting our own self care, we’re operating at half full. (7:02)

  • What is worthy and making sure we don’t get stuck in toxic positivity. (8:02)

  • Renee mentions a previous podcast episode #05 about perfection and self care. (8:58)

  • Breaking apart these self-limiting beliefs about what type of caregiver we should be. “I am worthy and because of that, I am worthy.”(9:15)

  • Talking about boundaries and how to set them as a teacher or nanny with a parent. (11:21)

  • Applauding the resilience and change that teachers and caregivers have had to deal with during the pandemic. (14:20)

  • Practical ways to set boundaries. (15:50)

  • As teachers and caregivers, we need to remember to enforce our own boundaries and stick to them because modeling it for our kids is so important. (17:58)

  • What does Sarah wish we knew about boundaries or burnout. (18:44)

  • Sarah mentions a favorite book of hers, “Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself.” (19:30)

So brew yourself a cup of tea and listen in on the full podcast here:

Follow along with Sarah @the.modern.nanny on Instagram. Tag both of us on Instagram @the.modern.nanny and @themagicoflittles with any questions you have about how to set boundaries in your own life!

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