How many of us have referred to ourselves with machine terminology? I know I have, in phrases like “my bandwidth is overloaded” or asking coworkers “do you have any bandwidth right now?”. You can find any number of articles comparing human brains to computers (or testing how like a computer you are), and just as many proclaiming the comparison is irrelevant (and with good reason!). In this blog post I won’t argue if we are or are not like computers, but rather postulate that we frame human being wellness as we would device maintenance. As I continue to search for ways to recover from the burnout many of us shared in 2020, I’ve found this analogy to be a helpful reminder of how vital self-care really is. For readers short on time, jump to the quick list of book recommendations at the end.
For a moment let us remember 1997, the

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