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Surviving Burnout: A personal experience

Posted on:April 20, 2024 at 10:17 AM

Hey folks! Today, let’s talk about something we’ve all felt at some point: burnout. It’s that moment when you’re just tired of coding, and even thinking about it makes you want to watch funny cat videos instead. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Imagine this: you’re working hard, typing away like a machine, fueled by coffee and snacks. Everything’s going great until one day, BAM! You hit a wall harder than a bug hitting a windshield. Your energy drops, your work slows down, and you start wondering if you even like coding anymore.

But don’t worry, burnout isn’t the end of the world. It’s more like a roadblock—a frustrating one, but you can get past it.

Identifying Burnout

So, how do you know if you’re burned out? Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  1. Lack of Motivation: You used to enjoy coding, but now you can’t even find the energy to open your laptop.
  2. Decreased Productivity: Your work has slowed down, and simple tasks seem to take forever to complete.
  3. Physical Symptoms: You might experience headaches, fatigue, or even trouble sleeping due to stress.

Avoiding Burnout

Now, let’s talk about how to avoid burnout in the first place:

  1. Set Boundaries: It’s essential to have a work-life balance. Don’t let coding consume every aspect of your life.

  2. Take Breaks: Regular breaks throughout the day can help prevent burnout. Step away from your desk, go for a walk, or do something else you enjoy.

  3. Practice Self-Care: Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Taking care of your physical health can also help protect your mental health.

Overcoming Burnout

And if you’re already feeling burned out, here’s some tips to overcome it:

  1. Take a Step Back: It’s okay to take a break and recharge. Sometimes, a little time away can help you come back refreshed and ready to tackle challenges.

  2. Talk About It: Don’t be afraid to open up to your manager or colleagues about how you’re feeling. They might be able to offer support or help lighten your workload.

  3. Seek Professional Help: If you’re struggling to cope, consider speaking with a therapist or counselor. They can provide strategies for managing stress and overcoming burnout.

Burnout is f*cking tough

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge something crucial: burnout is f*cking tough. It’s not just a small bump in the road. And you know what? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we don’t handle it as gracefully as we’d like. And that’s okay. Been there, done that, right?

Personal Experience:

I remember a time when burnout hit me hard. I used to love coding, but suddenly, it felt like I was stuck in slow motion whenever I tried to work. It was really frustrating. But you know what? I learned something important from that tough time. I learned that it’s okay to take a break, to admit when you’re having a hard time, and to ask for help when you need it. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by burnout, just know that you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ll help each other through it.

Note to my future self:

Hey, buddy, just a friendly reminder: when burnout hits hard, it’s like facing a heavyweight champion. But you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out, take a breather, and know that it’s okay to struggle. You’ve got what it takes to bounce back.


So, there you have it, folks. Burnout sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. Take care of yourselves, take breaks when you need to, And remember, even the best of us go through tough times now and then. Stay awesome, and happy coding 🤘!