I recently read these posts at Mindtools.com and wanted to share them with a library/information audience.
Avoiding Burnout – Maintaining a Healthy, Successful Career – this article defines burnout and identifies the main symptoms. It also looks at the causes and consequences of burnout. I was struck by this observation:
Anyone can become exhausted. What is so poignant about burnout is that it mainly strikes people who are highly committed to their work: You can only “burn out” if you have been “alight” in the first place.
You can take the Burnout Self-Test to check yourself for signs of burnout and there is some advice about keeping a stress diary, which can help you understand your causes of stress and how you may be able to improve the way you manage stress.