Workplace burnout IRL

If you just don't want to, read on.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, job burnout is "a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity."

The reasons for this unfortunately common condition are varied, though it generally arises out of the inevitable despair that accompanies a spectacularly terrible career choice.

But fret not, dear readers. If this is sounding a lot like you these days, I've got some tips that may just help you out. I mean, if people on the Internet recommend them, they'll no doubt work IRL, right?

1. Try taking a walk.

Is your boss stressing you out with his incessant nagging? Is there never enough time in the day? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, a relaxing physical activity may just be what the doctor ordered. So, why not try this on for size: The next time you feel like you might actually lose it, try standing up at your desk, walking outside, and only looking back once the feeling passes.

Your boss will certainly understand why you're now spending the majority of your working hours pacing the back end of the parking lot. Just explain that you're doing it in the name of self-care.

2. Prioritize only the tasks you want to be doing. 

Your boss (who put you in this predicament) will of course understand that you need to be more selfish with your time, as entrepreneur and investor John Rampton suggests. You obviously took on a million extra tasks you had no interest in because you're a masochist. So, it should be a piece of cake telling the powers that be that you and you alone are calling the shots from here on out.

3. Try a change of scenery.

Working on the beach

If you explain that only this will do, your company will totally get it.

4. Seek support from your colleagues.

"Surrounding yourself with positive people can keep you focused, rejuvenated, and energized throughout the day," John Rampton again reminds us. Of course your colleages have managed to stay optimistic in the face of a hellacious work environment. This is clearly a 'you' problem.  

5. If all else fails, GTFO.

Ride that wave to freedom.

As America's finest news source explains, "if it becomes truly unbearable, trade the stress and exhaustion of your job for the stress and exhaustion of unemployment." I have nothing more to add. As usual, they nailed it.

The real message

In all seriousness, please, if you find yourself in a toxic work environment where nothing you do is appreciated and your quality of life is in the toilet, walk away. There is no shortage of work for software developers these days, and nothing is worth undermining your physical and/or mental health. Nothing. I feel like I harp on this a lot, but it's because I've seen a lot of people over the years sacrifice their wellbeing for jobs that certainly don't love them back.

I've also been that person, so believe me when I say that you can and will find something else. Promise. 

Further reading

Why It's OK if You Don't Love Your Job Right Now

How to Be a Better Programmer: Take Care of Yourself!

6 Pro Tips for Getting Your Boss to Let You Work From Home