I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful. Find your rhythm. Your rhythm is what matters to you so much that when you miss it you’re resentful of your work. So find your rhythm, understand what makes you resentful, and protect it. You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.
That said, I wonder if people burnout from having false expectations of themselves and living someone else’s life and dreams. Thoughts?