Just sat and read this article and then landed on this post here on WSO. I could not get this out of my head because I have vaguely seen this talked about over and over again, because it's not actually just typical to banking. Most high-powered careers in modern society take its toll on its professionals. But there's got to be some way of coping with the modern stresses in order to have both success and a sense of a more fulfilling life. Here's what the aforementioned article had to say about the psychology behind the 'burn out':
....in our high-performance society, it's feelings of inadequacy, not conflict, that bring on depression....Burnout increases as work insinuates itself more and more into every corner of life - if a spare hour can be snatched to read a novel, walk the dog or eat with one's family, it quickly becomes contaminated by stray thoughts of looming deadlines. Even during sleep, flickering images of spreadsheets and snatches of management speak invade the mind, while slumbering fingers hover over the duvet, tapping away at a phantom keyboard.
As the shop where I now work is very small, there are trade-offs in deal sizes and projects I'd consider to be interesting, so I am interested in taking a more challenging plunge even if it comes with more stressful hours and demands. But I am wondering how does the community view their own stress and what methods of coping might be out there. Any useful insights will be helpful!
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