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Anyone else have pandemic burnout? 🔥 Work at my agency has been very intense for the last 18 months and I feel like the adrenaline has long worn off. I'm performing as normal, but amongst the never-ending churn of deadlines I feel disconnected, devalued and disillusioned. I'm run down, my mood is pretty low and I no longer have the energy for my own creative projects. All I do is work, eat and sleep. Am I alone or is this happening to other copywriters right now?

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You are not alone. I had to change jobs to find my spark again.

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I'm glad you found it!

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This happened to me. I quit and got something better. TBH I'd take several months off if I could afford it - I'm totally over dealing with the industry mindset, juggling WFH and family life.

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I'm glad you found something better! I'm seriously feeling like I need a break.

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Yes. When your agency cares more about making money than the people making the money for them it’s time to jump. Actively searching.

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Hmm, make cuts or overwork creatives to the point of quitting?

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This is very common right now. I just quit my job for this exact reason. Taking some much needed time off before figuring out what’s next.

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Time off sounds amazing. I'm sorry you've been burnt out too but I hope a break helps!

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I was laid off during the pandemic. At a new gig now and liking it, but i can feel this from those that were there through the thick of it.

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I'm sorry to hear you were laid off, but glad you've found something now. My agency recently hired a copywriter who was unemployed for most of the pandemic, and there's a HUGE difference between him and the rest of my team. He has so much energy and enthusiasm and seems somewhat perplexed that we're not going "above and beyond" like he is, or listening to all of his random ideas. The reality is, he's fresh and we're all completely wrung out.

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Yeah totally felt this at my last job. Thankfully something in-house came up that was better. And more $. It’s picking up and I find myself working a lot every now and then. But, the difference is the ppl here really try to balance the workload. And when it’s not possible, I still feel more valued as I churn out copy then I ever did at my old agency.

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Yeah it’s simply part of the job. It’s annoying. But in all honesty, agencies are expected to produce great work. That’s why we on the in-house side outsource some of our best ideas to them; we need that level of creativity and fast timeline. My advice is to go where you can learn and grow with (hopefully) nice ppl.

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Yup feeling dead inside big time

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I honestly think it's burnout - the symptoms are almost exactly the same.

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