Hey folks, glad to be here. I'm curious how designers here manage feeling burned out of work?
Share your tips!
Here is my tips: Taking time off for mental health Going for a walk in the mornings or end of the day If I can I go to the nature for a bush walk Try to eat healthy Try to do nothing a hole day, it's hard and I feel guilty.
What about you?
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Yeah I think it also depends on why the burnout.
eg some burnout is happens if you keep pushing without getting results out on the other side. So I think that can happen especially on longer-projects, or at early startups where it feels like you're constantly pushing. (there's some good threads on hacker news about burnout!)
But yeah, as everyone else has said, lifting/exercise/sports/sleep hygeine always helps.
Understanding our own productivity cycles is also important. Sometimes your body and mind are simply just tired. Let it rest, let it be the way it is. Resting is part of the process, and doing nothing is very important.
I always think of it as having the flu, the way the body recovers is by resting, you use what you have left on energy to fight the virus. Same way for burning out. You let yourself recover and then, you'll be working as good as always.
Commuting everyday with my e-bike to go to work (30 minutes ride) helped me a lot, I feel energized and I often arrive 1h before everyone does. Plus, I get to do stuff that is not so much connected to my daily tasks but that I love to do like reading the news, lifestyle, tech & design stuff.
Plenty of outdoor runs in the warmer seasons, and at least 3 yoga sessions a week now that winter is on its way. Another small but effective one is that I always schedule something shortly after work i.e: gym, yoga, movies so I know I have to finish up by 5:30 and no later (which isn't easy when you're full time WFH).