The best books on burnout

2 authors have picked their favorite books about burnout and why they recommend each book.

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Book cover of The Joy of Burnout: How the End of the World Can Be a New Beginning

The Joy of Burnout: How the End of the World Can Be a New Beginning

By Dina Glouberman,

Why this book?

Originally published in 2002, the author took a revolutionary approach to burnout, suggesting that burnout could be an opportunity for making overdue changes rather than a reason to panic. Ignoring the warning signs of burnout, feeling exhausted, frustrated, empty, disconnected, spent, or cynical will ultimately lead to a state of collapse, but listening to the message of burnout and exploring life alternatives will enable you to make beneficial changes. One of the founders of Skyros Holistic Holidays in Greece, psychotherapist and imagework practitioner Glouberman promotes alternative ways of living and being that actively promote psychological health.

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Book cover of In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed

In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed

By Carl Honoré,

Why this book?

In Praise of Slow was first published in 2004 and it advocated rejecting the all-pervasive cult of speed and living in a way that allowed you to be present, mindful, in the moment and focused on doing one thing at a time whether that’s working on a project, talking to a colleague, cooking a meal, socialising with a friend or reading to a child. It’s the antithesis of the cult of speed that can easily pervade our lives and contribute to burnout. For anyone who’s wanted to reassess what might be contributing to the stress that puts them at risk,…

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Book cover of Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle

Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle

By Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski,

Why this book?

Identical twin sisters, Emily has a PhD in Health Behaviour and Amelia is a musician, they focus on the stress cycle as experienced particularly by women who, they persuasively argue, experience it differently to their male counterparts. Their inner critic is a woman’s own worst enemy and it can be difficult to override when it feeds into a stress cycle based on perfectionism, the idea that it’s possible to ‘have it all’, and the necessity for expensive ‘self-care’. Their objectives in examining the female stress cycle are science-based, simpler, and more accessible and in spite of being directed at a…

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Book cover of Breathe: Strategizing Energy in the Age of Burnout

Breathe: Strategizing Energy in the Age of Burnout

By Ela Manga,

Why this book?

This book is about a new and elegant approach to healthcare called ‘energy management’. Dr. Manga’s passion is in bringing mindfulness into medicine and in inspiring conscious living as a way of restoring and supporting health and wellbeing. She teaches high performers how to access authentic energy instead of relying on adrenalized energy. Dr. Manga offers simple yet powerful ways to integrate what she calls “recovery loops” into our everyday lives. This book is full of real-life stories about the effects of stress and is a treasure trove of practical tips for preventing and recovering from it. In fact,…

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Book cover of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

By Michael Bungay Stanier,

Why this book?

The brilliance of The Coaching Habit lies in its simplicity – it provides seven effective questions leaders can utilize to improve their impact and influence. It is full of practical, actionable tools that can be implemented immediately to deepen connections and empower others to do their best work. While this book is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read – it is incredibly profound and powerful. 

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Book cover of Shift Your Mind: 9 Mental Shifts to Thrive in Preparation and Performance

Shift Your Mind: 9 Mental Shifts to Thrive in Preparation and Performance

By Brian Levenson,

Why this book?

Your mindset may be the most important factor in not only your performance, but in your happiness and fulfillment as well. It creates the foundation for your attitude and your philosophy on life. Shift Your Mind is a brilliantly written, practical guide full of useful constructs to help you heighten your current perspective and greatly enhance the quality of your life, your relationships, and your performance.

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Book cover of How to Build a Healthy Brain: Reduce stress, anxiety and depression and future-proof your brain

How to Build a Healthy Brain: Reduce stress, anxiety and depression and future-proof your brain

By Kimberley Wilson,

Why this book?

“One of the most common mistakes that people make in relation to managing their emotional and mental health is waiting until there is a crisis before they act,” says Watson, a nutrition-trained chartered psychologist, in the introduction of her book and she’s absolutely right. Being observant and informed about what can impact our mental health can help us avoid a crisis like burnout. This really comprehensive and accessible book is also excellent at explaining how the brain works and what it needs, from nutrition to exercise and sleep, and how we can make the improvements necessary to take better care…

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Book cover of The Heart Principle

The Heart Principle

By Helen Hoang,

Why this book?

I think all of Hoang’s books are masterpieces, but this one in particular hit me right in the feels. The heroine, Anna, is faced with many life changes all at once. A new autism diagnosis, a family tragedy, a break-up, and a caregiver role all culminate in extreme autistic burnout. As an autistic woman, I felt incredibly seen in this beautiful book. The story really captures how devastating burnout can be, while also showing the hero, Quan, give Anna the love and care she needs during a hard time. Their story doesn’t fall into the trap of saying love fixes…

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Book cover of The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

By Linda Abbit,

Why this book?

In my experience working with caregivers burnout is the biggest challenge. This book offers readers real-life case examples and exercises to help caregivers understand themselves better. It helps caregivers closely examine their options as the needs of the person they care for change. It focuses a lot on the psychological issues and challenges the caregiver relationship creates for all who are involved. 

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Book cover of Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

By Gary Vaynerchuk,

Why this book?

I am confident I can make a very compelling argument that the most important skill set we need to develop as human beings is our Emotional Intelligence. Our EQ lays the foundation for both our personal and professional success… as well as heavily influences our happiness and fulfillment. Twelve and a Half uses humor and practical stories/examples to break down a dozen of the most important traits we need to develop to become our best selves (traits like empathy, compassion, curiosity, ambition, and gratitude). I read this book cover to cover in less than 24 hours… it’s that good!

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