Burnout is a common term in the business world although it’s not always well understood.  It’s important not to confuse it with how you might feel after a few bad weeks at the office because burnout is much more serious than simply feeling stressed or tired. Burnout usually materializes after an extended period of time such as months or even years of high stress and/or intense dissatisfaction with the job.  Symptoms include being exhausted all the time, irritability, feeling unaccomplished and unappreciated, and generally being so completely worn out by the role that you question your ability to remain in it.

In their book How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job, authors Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith put forward that women face very different and specific challenges than men in advancing their careers.

Planning for retirement usually focuses on your financial readiness to leave work permanently, but ensuring you are emotionally prepared for this next life stage is just as important.

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