Why do NPs burnout? Much the same reasons as Doctors. Constant pressure to produce and keep everyone happy including patients, their family members, our bosses, our co-workers, insurance companies, and our own families. At the same time, trying not to kill anyone.
The good thing is that has resolved itself with a job change. I just spent a long weekend at the beach and never opened my computer to work. For the first time in 6 years...
That's not saying that I haven't taken time off, just that I've always had to open my computer and work at some point during the event.
You need to find ways to unstress your life or both components will fall apart. Read a book for pleasure. That doesn't include trade magazines! I'm talking about a good, juicy romance novel or some trash mags and just unwind. I also watch certain television shows and don't work while I'm enjoying it. Even if it's an hour or two a week, go for a walk or try to garden.
These tips will prevent burnout for a little while.