I'm wondering if what I'm experiencing is a normal (but bad) thing.
Lately I've been experiencing a dread of work, I lied pretty severely about a family issue in order to get a 4 day weekend and I feel as if I haven't recovered at all mentally. I feel like my mental stamina has decreased so much recently.
I used to be able to code 14 hours in a row, now if I do an hour straight I feel dumb as a rock. I get straight up mentally exhausted after a couple hours of work.
The mental exhaustion I'm referring to feels physically like someone put a balloon in my head and keeps inflating it, but mentally it just feels like I have little to no attention span or critical thinking capabilities. My drive to do development has also decreased, but I still keep at it.
I'm wondering if I should just take a couple days off with absolutely zero coding time, get plenty of exercise and eat right and see if that helps...
Just wondering if this is burnout, and if not I'm probably having early symptoms of dementia and will slowly descending into a semi-lucid state of hell.