Given the physical and psychological effects of stress, it's clear that burnout puts our health at risk. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid it, and they're described in detail at the Harvard Business Review blog. They name three "weapons" against burnout:
- Manage your work. Learn to recognize when you're working past your limits, and be realistic about how much you're really capable of doing.
- Embrace renewal. How can you expect to perform well at work if you're not taking care of yourself first? (I bet our friends at The Happiness Project would agree with this point.)
- Do "the right work." Seek out work that you find fulfilling and meaningful, because the alternative is the slow process of "rustout." The article explains what that means.