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Manage Stress by James Manktelow

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Deal with Burnout

One symptom of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

—One symptom of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.

Burnout is a very real threat to people in challenging and stressful jobs. It mainly strikes highly-committed, passionate, hard-working, and successful people, who lose all motivation and interest in their work.

What is Burnout?

According to Ayala Pines and Elliott Aronson, burnout is “a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” Herbert J. Freudenberger defines it as “A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way ...

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