This post talks about knowing when you are experiencing burnout as a developer and what to do to get better.
According to WebMD, burnout at work is an emotional, mental and physical reaction to constant stress at work. It is a type of work-related stress resulting in prolonged feelings of emotional, physical or mental exhaustion usually leading to feelings of less accomplishment or even loss of personal identity.
Normally, when demands from work and deliverables pile up and get to a certain height, it can take a toll on you and sometimes leave you feeling overworked and under-compensated. Even though burnout is not a medical diagnosis, some experts believe that conditions such as depression can also lead to burnout. Some of these might sound really familiar, but you are not alone.
The big HR tech company Indeed surveyed over 1,500 U.S workers to ascertain the impact of burnout especially since the pandemic started. The study revealed that over half of employed people are feeling burned out and 67% say it has worsened during the pandemic.
Also, 38% of people working from home are experiencing burnout compared to 28% of people who still work from the office. This means a lot of developers are likely experiencing this, so you need to pay attention.
Being a software developer, while being great for getting on a clear path to career advancement and being paid well, is also a field prone to experiencing burnout.
A lot of mental work and logic and problem-solving skills are required in the software development space. It is also a rapidly evolving space so you also have to be a fast learner to keep up with new technologies, frameworks and best practices. You can see how a passionate developer can become burned out over a period of time, as less and less of their work is physical.
Some health-related activities can easily lead to burnout, such as unhealthy lifestyles involving lack of sleep, lack of exercising in any form and lack of adequate sleep or irregular sleeping patterns. Some of these things can be normal but once accumulated can become dangerous to your health.
Some other problematic work-related activities include constantly working overtime, staring at a personal computer screen for prolonged periods of time, monotonous work and lack of variable routines, poor communication around expectations at work, and many other things that can cause burnout at work.
Other causes include low self-esteem, absence of social interaction with friends or colleagues, promotion rejections at work and failure to meet personal expectations.
There are a few symptoms of burnout that you can check for. If you are already there, chances are that you are burned out.
Here are some suggestions of what you can do to prevent burnout and to reduce it if you are already starting to feel burned out.
It may not be easy, but you can start today to practice some of these things. It might take some time, but eventually you will no longer be burned out. The key is consistency. Make sure to try out these things and share more tips in the comment section for others to see.
Nwose Lotanna Victor is a web technology enthusiast who documents his learning process with technical articles and tutorials. He is a freelance frontend web developer based in Lagos, Nigeria. Passionate about inclusion, community-building and movies in Africa, he enjoys learning new things and traveling.
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