Magazine article USA TODAY

Know When to Step Back and Take a Break

Magazine article USA TODAY

Know When to Step Back and Take a Break

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"Is your calendar so packed that you're having a tough time setting aside time for yourself? Are you barely hanging in there, trying to push through? It's a hard place to be in.

"Here's the thing, though, the harder you push, the more ifs going to hold you back, because you're putting yourself at risk of burning out-and maybe even breaking down," says news anchor Nicole Lapin, the author of three books, most recently. Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance.

'Taking care of your emotional wellness will ultimately be the most helpful thing in your career, and part of that is knowing when you need to take a break. See which of these apply to you. If even one of them does, ifs time for a mental health day."

You are anxious. "Maybe you're too worried to concentrate, or you even have physical symptoms like chest tightness, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, or sweaty palms. …

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