Staying fresh and avoiding burnout

10 tips, 10 tools, one exercise

Jen Looper

Senior Developer Advocate

Founder/CEO of Vue Vixens


18 years of industry experience

1 doctorate

1 husband

2 kids

7 companies

1 foundation

1 career switch

it's all fun and games

until you're crying in your cubicle

How are you feeling?

γνῶθι σεαυτόν

Know Thyself

Signs of Burnout

  • Inability to relax
  • Headaches, backaches, physical pain
  • Bad attitude at work, cynicism, criticism
  • Dependence on alcohol, etc
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Demotivation

Are you feeling any of these things?

...or do you think you're getting close?

2 things that can lead to burnout

"imposter syndrome"

given a task

experience anxiety, self-doubt, worry

overprepare or procrastinate

"real-developer syndrome*"

*thank you Diana!

*Seek professional help

I'm not this gal*

But here are some tips from a tech professional

things that work for me

be green

work out

find hobbies

find your squad

take care of something/someone else

get off social media

create something

try a side project (but don't stress about it)

learn something new

embrace the arts

10 tools

Tech helps that might work for you

Meditation apps


Insight Timer

Stop, Think & Breathe

Slack apps

Twitter accounts

Instagram images



Timeboxing / Pomodoro

Decide on the task to be done.

Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).

Work on the task.

End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.

Take breaks at intervals

pro tip! one record = a pomodoro cycle

Stress level monitoring


A course

Art apps



Let's try a technique

most importantly

Know thyself


Staying fresh and avoiding burnout

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