Chapter 7

Slave to success (burnout and stress)

‘Performance is actually improved when our lives include time for renewal, wisdom, wonder and giving. That would have saved me a lot of unnecessary stress, burnout and exhaustion.’

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, CO-FOUNDER OF THE HUFFINGTON POST

Ever find yourself completely worn out by the time Friday evening comes around? Whether in business, family life or in our social circles, we’re all run ragged trying to cram as much as we possibly can into each and every day. This accelerating sense of urgency can be attributed to the amazing (but stress-carrying!) developments of our digital age. We have data all around us on a non-stop, 24/7, all-you-can-eat basis, and the immediacy of communication (from smartphones ...

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