It’s not fun
It’s not as fun or quirky as we’ve made it seem. It actually really sucks. Especially in a creative field. The entire premise of UX is solving problems. It’s being able to find an issue then its solution. In the midst of burnout, it becomes so hard to think. Simple issues feel impossible to solve. Your own head has become a potato salad of so many ideas, that you almost have none. It’s hard to work through.
The amount of “normalization” we give many topics comes with a lot of glamourization.
It makes working arduous
It’s a difficult spot to be burnt out, while still working. I can say now, more than ever, I’m feeling incredibly burnt out. The issue is, the job doesn’t stop. Trying to design when you’re on a clock and dry on ideas puts you in fight or flight mode. It becomes less about solving problems, and more about getting things done. It’s a reality of working in commodified UX. Which, unless you’re working on passion projects, is a lot of it.
It’s not your fault but you have to fix it
You’re responsible for bouncing back. Which can be difficult if you’re not able to disconnect or take a break. Your responsibilities don’t disappear when you start being unable to fulfil all of them.