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  • • Obstacles to helping people with burnout include fear of saying the wrong thing, not noticing because you are too busy yourself and worrying that you might appear intrusive.
  • • Powerful unconscious biases like the bystander effect push us into a default position of turning a blind eye to the early warning signs of burnout.
  • • To prevent and overcome burnout, maintain a strict boundary between work and home life. Learn to switch off and leave work at work.
  • • Become antifragile rather than resilient. Build a lot of rest and recovery time into your life.


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