Disclaimer: These may not necessarily be healthy. Please search out actual healthy ways to deal with burnout.
Does it count as a coping mechanism to try to work through the burnout? I do that writer thing where if I hit burnout with one WIP I move to the next, and then if I get burned out with that one, I move on to the next, etc. It’s a never-ending cycle and I’m always tired. I also will rewatch shows I loved as a kid, like Ever After High and Strawberry Shortcake.
My favorite coping mechanism is taking extremely long showers. Self-care in the most basic way really helps. I make sure to make my shower time the most extravagant as it can be. For example, I will get matching scrubs, body wash, body spray, everything! Then take my time to shave, do my hair and take care of my skin and just make sure that I physically feel great so my mind can too. I also watch an unhealthy amount of shows to keep busy and my mind off everything.
Is it wrong to say my favorite coping mechanism is crying? I find it to calm me down a lot when I am really overwhelmed and it is just helpful to let all the emotions out at once then get back to work. I also like going for “hot girl walks” while listening to girlboss music (mainly Taylor Swift). The walks are probably a slightly better option, but whatever gets me through the day, right? Also, 10/10 completely recommend bringing a fidget spinner on your hot girl walk. It is so calming.