The 7 Musts for Preventing Burnout NOW

Jillian Knox Finley
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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Most of the warning signs for approaching burnout are somewhat intuitively obvious. Other red flags might be more subtle. Feelings of distraction, cynicism, and inefficacy are often hallmarks you're headed for a breakdown. If you self-identify as a Type-A personality or high achiever, we can tell you from our own experience, it sometimes takes pain reaching critical mass to inspire a new course of action. Even if office life starts to lord a vice-like grip over your schedule, there's no need to be resigned to the fate of exhaustion. Science is here to help.

We've compiled a list of our favorite routines and habits to help you redirect your focus and wellness at the first signs of burnout. If you're feeling emotionally taxed, less productive, or just overwhelmingly busy, these simple and effective tools are all that's required for a major course correction. Our favorite part just might be the science-backed case for naptime getting reinstated. Break the cycle. You got this.

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