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How do you manage burnout?


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Honestly, some time away or time alone would help a lot. No obligations, no scheduled/planned events. Just time to myself to nap, rest, do what I want at my own pace. No obligations, just enjoy time to myself to recharge. Usually for me I nap, veg out on video games or simply work out.


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Working out is my main one. Every day after work, sometimes just a walk or yoga but more often weights or HIIT training. It tires me out so I can sleep better, the endorphins improve my mood 10 fold and as I often attend classes, it's motivation for me to leave work at a certain time.

I also have a strictly no work emails policy on weekends.

I have a problem sometimes in switching my brain off from work when trying sleep so I use an app called headspace for guided meditation.

I'm lucky in that my employer is amazingly flexible so when I start feeling stressed I take a few days working from home and only check contact channels periodically. I've taken mental health days when it's gotten too much as they're very open about managing mental health as well as physical health. We're encouraged to work from home for any type of manageable sickness or take time off if it's not. I'm quite senior at my job and have gained trust over the years to let me have that flexibility but I also advocate that for newer staff or am open about taking mental health days on a hope they don't feel they can't. In saying this, I don't take advantage of this, I think I've had 3 actual sickness or personal health days in nearly 5 years.


I struggle with anxiety and burnout on the regular with my job. I have to use meditation techniques, stretching, and procrastination (unhealthy, I know) as ways to help ease the stress of work.

How do you deal with it?
Honestly, there is no cure for overtaxing your body and mind except to stop doing it for a significant time. Certainly things like rhodiola can help moderate energy levels during the day if you're not getting enough sleep, and meditation and exercises can naturally medicate the symptoms of burnout over the short term, but the only real answer is to stop burning yourself out. Until you can find a way to do that, I'd suggest getting as much sunshine as possible (within reason). Not only does it trigger the production of vitamin D and Serotonin, but sunlight includes wavelengths of light that have been shown to trigger repair processes at the cellular level and stimulate the production of neurotransmitters that are effective in dealing with stress.


Son of Liberty
I dont. I just work straight the hell through it. Back in 2018 I got a huge promotion that came with an exceptional workload, responsibility, & of course hours to match.

Been putting in 7-days a week, for a total of upwards of 65-hours a week with the lowest around 50hours minimum. I don't have weekends anymore, not like a typical person. Every Sat/Sun I work from about 7am to Noon. Then the rest of the day is spent with the family. My weekdays are 40 hours at the office, and then afternoons working from home an hour or 3 before I go to bed each night. My grand total of hours put in for the 2019/2020 cycle (I go Oct-Sept) was 3,148 hours.

That left zero room for vacation and absolutely minimal room for "time to myself"

For me, what makes it doable is the fact that I have a job I truly enjoy. It pays well so I know the reward is always there at the end of the week. And then I've got a great support structure in my family. They tell me when its time to shut it down and come hang out. They let me know when I need to tip the scales for family again. My particular personality is more on the Home-body side anyway so I was never a big Vacationer to begin with.

Once in a great while, I get a little Seasonal Depression. Ironically enough, its usually because of fear that "what I have" may shrink down. Around this time of year is re-negotiating and then trades slowdown. So alot of that depression comes from me being hard on myself for sustaining what I've got going on for my kids & wife. Fortunatly its not "super-strict" in the sense of I have someone micromanaging me. Everything I do is deadline & quality based so as long as I manage to hit all of my deadlines and put out a good product, Im never questioned on how I did it.