Burnout is a real thing. You may think it’s all in your head, but odds are everyone has experienced it at one point or another. Experiencing burnout can result in fatigue, irritability, and decreased productivity. It can harm problem-solving and creative thinking abilities, and the Mayo Clinic has reported that it can even contribute to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. One way to prevent burnout is to take a break before you feel burnout symptoms. Overwork doesn’t increase productivity. For many, it actually increases the risk of making costly mistakes as they become more and more tired. That’s why it’s best to take a breather when you may start to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Another way to prevent burnout is to find meaning in your work. An APA interview with Howard S. Friedman connected working in a meaningful career with a longer life. If you find a greater meaning in your work, that ensures you won’t get burned out. Read article here.