How do you deal with burnout? Periodically I've gone through periods where I've contemplated quitting tech because I felt like I've had nothing left in the tank. Have any of you experienced this ? How do you come out of it?
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- Microsoft eptoeGoing through it now. The other day i thought it would be nice to quit all of this and be an Uber driver. Then I think of retirement and am sad since I'm so far away .
- My doctor sent me to a behavioral therapist. I took sessions once per week for 6 weeks. That really helped.
- Lyft Uhrr34@OP - let me know if you want to talk about burnout. I had a pretty serious case, depression and ultimately had to quit in order to get my energy back.
- Enjoy / Ops gollypopsI recently hit this block as well. It created a dark cloud that hung over me for months, and if I'm being honest the feeling has been buried most of my life due to childhood trauma I never fully acknowledged. Even to this day, I still have trouble accepting my life. Anyways...
Point is, once you hit a block it's hard to free yourself again. The binary way to look at depression caused by work is to fix it, either by leaving your role or finding a way to get out of your situation but still stay with the company. If you can't do the latter, the former is the next best option.
The longer you stay feeling burned out, the more you will blame yourself for things outside your control. You will build resentment towards yourself and those around you, likely people in management or leadership. It will carry in your mind, body, and soul.
Sometimes a vacation isn't enough. You need to change the paradigm or risk being your own prisoner forever.
- Slalom Consulting Chist04There are so many parts of tech. Despite whatever your day in day out work is, find a related area within tech you're excited about that may keep you engaged or stimulated. Talk about it with coworkers or other tech folks you know. Try books, audiobooks, learn a language/skill from someone else, work on a brown bag presentation. It seems counter intuitive that doing this extra activity might make you less burned out, but assumedly you got into tech because you like part of it. Find a piece that's interesting outside of what's burning you out and make it a part of your day.