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You can recover from the physical and mental issues that come from working in a fast-paced, stressful environment, reports Diane Nazaroff.

When the warning signs appear, people actually put their foot on the accelerator and drive harder and faster than they’ve ever done before. And then they wonder why the wheels might be falling off, or why there might be smoke coming out of the engine and they’re not travelling so well.”

These are the words of psychologist Rachel Clements describing a common scenario for lawyers burning out.

“People are getting those early signs,” says Clements, Director of Psychological Services at Sydney’s Centre for Corporate Health, “but they are not taking notice of those signs”.

The signs of burnout include extreme fatigue, high caffeine and alcohol consumption, gastrointestinal conditions, reduced immunity, locked jaw from tension, irritability, frustration, and low moods.

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