WELLNESS
11/05/2013 01:08 pm ET

The Extreme Case For Better Work-Life Balance (VIDEO)

How far is too far when it comes to burnout at work?

For former lawyer Lori Ann Wardi, it was when she realized she was wishing she had poor health so she could avoid going to the office.

"When you spend your entire life aspiring to a particular goal, you put all this energy and time and effort into creating this goal and when you reach it, all of a sudden it's not what you thought it would be and sadly you're there," Wardi told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. "I started to realize it wasn't for me and how burned out I was when I'd be walking to work and thinking, 'I just wish I could be hit by a car. I don't want to die or anything, I just want to break my legs so I don't have to go to work.'"

Wardi said that's when she decided to take action by leaving her job to follow new passions. So why hold back if you're so miserable at work? According to Laurie Erdman of the Ignite Well Being Institute, it's the pressures of maintaining your life that come into play.

"I was aware of the thoughts I was having, but I didn't know what to do," Erdman said in the HuffPost Live segment. "I felt in some way that you have your expenses, your mortgage, this life ... it's a frightening position to be in. You feel trapped and that's certainly what I felt."

Check out the clip above for more on work burnout, and watch the full video over on HuffPost Live.

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