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How do you manage burnout?
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Alex FracazoProduct designer at Myself
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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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Allan GrinshteinProduct Designer at Apple
2 mnths ago

Always works for me: Getting a lot of sleep and lifting heavy at the gym.

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Some similar ones for sure: Get outside early and walk, talk to humans about something random even just small interactions (coffee shop is a go to for me), stay off my phone, get some exercise :)

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Friedrich SchubertProduct Designer at Staffbase
2 mnths ago

For me it's go cycling and a good night of sleep. And ofc taking some time of.

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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.

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Omar ToscaSenior Interaction Designer at frog
2 mnths ago

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.

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Samy SniderLead UX Designer at CosaVostra
2 mnths ago

Hi Alex,

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.

Samy

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Cassandra TangProduct Designer at Pleo
2 mnths ago

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).

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Wessel JansenVisual designer at Jungle Minds
1 mnth ago

Started to include daily switch-off moments at the end of my working day. Use these to check in with my team and/or prep the next day. Disabling all notifications helps as well.

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