NYC.🌇, Being in front of a computer all day, 💻, Subway delays🚇, Winter ❄️, Limited daylight ⛅, Sitting 💺, And more sitting 💺, Commuting 🚋, Unlimited Snacks 🍕, Political unrest ⚠️, Carbs everywhere, gluten!! 🍞, General world chaos⚡
There’s no doubt I love New York and I love being a Software Engineer. There’s infinite things to do and cool neighborhoods/restaurants/museums/random fun stuff to checkout all the time in NYC. In addition, I am constantly enamored by the myriad of learning opportunities and friendships software continues bringing into my life. With that said, as a Software Engineer in New York, I find myself constantly fighting burnout.
Sometimes I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends when trying to balance working full time, challenging myself and learning new things, maintaining a social life, going to meetups, working out, family obligations, and getting adequate sleep. Even though Stride proactively tries to prevent employee burnout, keeping my overall happiness regularly in check requires a delicate balance.
As a result, I am becoming more self aware to acknowledge the concept of burnout, recognize the burnout signs in myself, and taking actionable steps to help prevent burning out.
Signs that you or someone you know may be burning out:
general fatigue / lack of energy
Steps to prevent burnout:
1. TREAT YO SELF
have a spa day
buy your favorite ice cream / snack / treat
buy an item on your Amazon wishlist
go to a Broadway show
check out a museum you have never been to; a lot of museums have a free day
go see stand up comedy
just do something special for yourself
2. Disconnect from Technology
“WHATT!!?!?!?!?! but software is my job and my gram feed be poppin right now.” I know, I get that, and it’s hard for me to put the phone down too. But, maybe it’s time for a digital detox? Studies have shown that disconnecting from technology helps you rest.
get out there and talk to people. There are so many people to connect with who have interesting stories to share
8. Work less
if possible, leave by a certain time each day no matter what, e.g. — by 5 p.m.
try not to bring work home with you
9. Attitude of gratitude
try to be mindful of your attitude
it helps sometimes to recognize how lucky we are. There are people who are going through severe struggles.
appreciate the little things in life
pay it forward
10. Get enough sleep
plan for days of rest — It’s okay to do nothing. In fact, doing nothing is sometimes amazing
be mindful of your caffeine intake. Limit or perhaps monitor it
remove electronics from the bedroom
try to get home earlier to make sure you have enough time to unwind and be in bed by a certain time
use a sleep tracker app — try to become more aware of your sleep patterns
11. Seek help
it’s okay to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you for support.
educate yourself — There are plenty of resources at your fingertips about burnout and preventing it
go to therapy — There is never shame in seeking support and in learning or in self improvement
I hope this helps 💖.
Whenever I am feeling a possible burnout, I am always uplifted by thinking about the many things I can do to empower myself. Getting out there, trying new things, treating myself, etc., helps keep me in check when I find myself teetering on the brim of burnout. I can usually alleviate burnout by planning a vacation, planning enough fun activities for myself, and sometimes by slowing down when I am doing too much.