One never gets burned out from being himself. "Burn-out" happens when a person tries to be someone he is not, and then finds that it is impossible! The Hebrew word for stress is מתח . This word מתח is also used when describing a stretched rope - מתוח . Stress is the outcome of someone stretching himself too much or too far and even then, not reaching his goal.
The best way to dissipate stress is to accept ourselves as we are and stop trying to be people we are not. The world today has become stressful as never before, with more tension than oxygen. So many people have convinced themselves that if they would only be rich, famous, good looking, humorous or like their successful sibling, popular colleague or assistant, then the good times would start. As we will soon see, that just may be when the good times are over.
Using Hanukah as a springboard we might wonder concerning the fate of the Hashmonai family. After their victory, this family of Kohanim ascended the throne, assuming kingship over the Jewish people. For taking the throne, each of the four holy and pious sons of Matyahu fell in war. The Talmud (B. Batra 3b) tells us how the Hashmonean rule ended, and how the Herodian period begun. The story is of Hordus, slave of the Hashmonai royal family. One day Hordus laid his eyes on one of the Hashmonai princesses. Soon after, he heard a Heavenly voice call out "Any servant who presently rebels will succeed". Hordus took the opportunity to kill all of the Hashmonai family, leaving behind the princess he wanted to marry. Once the girl realized that the former slave, Hordus, wanted to make her his queen, she climbed to the rooftop and cried out- "Anyone who claims that he belongs to the house of Hashmonai is nothing more than a servant, for all the Hashmonai kohanite family perished". This girl, the last member of the Hashmonai family, then leaped to her death.
The Ramban in this week's perasha (49,10) writes the reason for the punishment of the priestly family. On his death bed, Yaakov blessed Yehuda "the royal state should not be passed (to another) from Yehuda". The Hashmonaim priests had an obligation to other sacrifices in the Temple and not to sit on the royal throne. The throne is reserved for Yehuda. Despite the holiness and piousness of such a family, they were not meant to rule the Jewish people. The throne is reserved for descendants of Yehuda, alone.
R' Chaim Chechik zt"l, close student of the Alter from Novardok, writes in regard to this Ramban, that every person has a place, mission, and plan custom tailored for him in his life in this world. Once someone tries to be someone else who is seemingly "G-d gifted", then he will not have Heavenly support or assistance in being that "someone else". Although the Torah we have today was preserved in the generation of the Hashmonaim solely in their merit, all four sons of Matyahu, the Holy Priest, died tragically as a result of being who they were not supposed to be.
This mistake can and does happen to many people. A person who is, ostensibly, not trying to be someone else, and who denies wishing that he could have been a successful sibling or student instead of being himself, may blush during his denial. How sad it is that a person considers that there is someone with greater importance than his own. Who will be me in my place? There is, after all, only one me, and no one else can be the real me.
R' Yerucham Levovitz z''l takes this a step further. If someone does succeed in being someone else, he may not survive. Fish need to reside in water at all times to live. Other animals would die in such conditions. And a fish on land would die if he had too much fresh air. This demonstrates that the source of life is neither air nor water. The true source is a Supernatural G-d. When someone tries to be like someone else, he is leaving his "source of support from Heaven". This is not how G-d made him/her. They may never survive in such conditions. G-d created this feeling of stress for a person to help him discover if he is being himself or someone else.
It is so important to internalize at every spare moment G-d's Divine Intervention and Care. Forgeting this can cause us much psychological damage. The outcome is a feeling of being left out, abandoned or forgotten. In the field of productivity, the results are even more destructive. We may never even notice in what we actually are "G-d gifted."