Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

How My Coffee Machine Gave Me A Lesson On Burnout

I had a lovely coffee machine. Every day I made multiple cups of coffee. The machine was almost always on. Always working. It was beautiful and I named it Daisy.

Last week Daisy gave up on me.

Well, it did last me a few years. And we might have mistreated it a bit. Overworked it. No breaks…

…wait. Daisy had a burnout!

This made me rethink the purpose of taking a break and going on vacation. I know so many folks (me included, – cough!) who just feel bad when taking a breather – it shouldn’t be that way. Think about it:

I couldn’t write these blog posts if I stopped reading books and talking to people.

I wouldn’t create my next project if I didn’t spend time resting and just allowing my mind the headspace it needs to process information.

…have you seen how many of my analogies come from my trips to the gym? It’s crazy, right? I even got myself some freelance clients when grabbing a drink with friends.

Isn’t it amazing?

If you just work and sleep, not only are you missing out on life opportunities, you’re paving your own path towards burnout.

You’re running a marathon, so don’t sprint it. Slow and steady wins the race.

Daisy, you will be missed… but for now, I’m taking a tea break.


Living Just For Work Isn’t Living At All…

It’s easy to think about taking a break, but sometimes we don’t even realize that the whole day (or week!) has passed us by.

What ways have you come up with, that help you pause and take a day at a time?

Looking forward to read your thoughts in the comment section below! Always a pleasure to hear from you 🙂


  1. Tracy - 2 years ago

    My coffee maker exploded haha. Don’t know what that says about me. A seam burst and water leaked all over my counter.
    I’m defiitely the type that doesn’t notice I’m in need of a break until the dam breaks. I find it helps to have good people in your life. Sometimes my husband has to tell me to go take a nap and my son is 2 so he makes me go to the park, take a walk, or just have a cookie and make funny faces.
    Sometimes you just need some little things to break the pattern.

    • aniamarcos - 2 years ago

      Oh, poor coffee maker! <3 Glad you're ok, Tracy! Did all kitchen life forms survive the explosion? 😀 Completely feel you on that part of "not noticing you need a break until... (it's too late)".

      Unfortunately that's too common and so not healthy. We really need to pay close attention to what our body needs, so your tip of having good people in your life is wonderful for that!

      The power of those little things is amazing 🙂 Hold on tight to those sweethearts! <3

  2. Zach - 2 years ago

    Aww no RIP Daisy !! Thanks for composing this Ania ! Burn out is a constant struggle and is completely reductive as working TOO hard gets you further away from the goal. It’s a constant balancing act, and understanding the human body isn’t an art robot is for some reason a difficult thought to process haha. Thank you for spreading the message and facilitating the heathy mindset artists (or anyone) should strive for <3 !!! Enjoy your tea haha !!

    • aniamarcos - 2 years ago

      Aawww, thank you Zach! Glad you like the post 🙂 Really appreciate your comment <3

      So true - we're not robots. And even robots malfunction all time time. Like Daisy! So yeah... One step at a time 🙂

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