8 Great Books on Burnout
After surviving two seasons of burnout in my career, I can see it in others miles away. This can be a slow and silent killer for leaders of all types. One of the scary parts of burnout is you begin to feel like you are going crazy. You have thoughts and feelings of wanting to move to a resort island to just get away from it all. My trip to Maui confirmed that Hawaii will be my place to go!
I found that reading books about burnout recovery helped remind me that I was not going crazy but simply that some adjustments and alignment needed to happen.
My Favorite Books on Burnout
Two books in one: Before Burnout and How to Beat Burnout offer solutions for managing stress and exhaustion to bring you to a more balanced life. This book is great for the workaholics, overachievers, perfectionists and those reaching burnout.
Many believe that burnout on the job is due only to the employees personal choices and negative perspective. However, many times the organization is also responsible for employee burnout. This book examines this truth and provides practical ways to avoid this problem.
Refresh, Renew, Revive This book is exactly as the title says. Perfect for those needing to be encouraged and strengthened through a season of burnout. It will inspire you, improve your relationships and reignite your passion for ministry.
The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits In our culture today, busyness is the status quo. However, it often leads to being overloaded and burned out. This book examines boundaries, time management, priorities and remedies for restoration.
Why Christians Burnout In this book, a Pastor recounts his journey from burnout to recovery. He also examines why Christian leaders experience burnout as well as the signs and effects.
Adrenaline and Stress: The Exciting New Breakthrough That Helps You Overcome Stress Damage Workaholics, Type A Personalities, those who can’t just slowdown. Many times this is because of an addiction to adrenaline. Living constantly on a high, on the go, though will lead not only to stress but also health issues. Dr. Hart provides the prescription to take you from an adrenaline junkie to happy and healthy.
Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul Written for the tired, burned out pastor or ministry leader, you will learn how to care for your private life so that you can be effective in your public life. You will find practical advice for recovering from burnout, prioritizing your own soul, creating new habits and systems for your life and your team, and living a life free from hurry.
Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion This book examines the symptoms of burnout and provides practical tools for allowing yourself time and space to heal.
Many leaders whom I coach, are in burnout or are on their way there soon. Reading quality books on burnout and discussing with a leadership coach has been one recovery strategy that has helped them design a burnout recovery and renewal plan.
Think about it: Which one of these books might help you recover from burnout?
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