Just Press Pause!

Relax! It’s possible to slow down, recharge, and ultimately end up way ahead. The MH guide to taking a mental-health day.

BY PETER ANDREY SMITH
PHOTOGRAPHS BY FREDRIK BRODEN

JOE VAN WYK, A 55-YEAR-OLD portrait photographer from Austin, makes a living capturing people’s best moments, even when his life feels totally out of focus.

The business is going to dry up, he thinks sometimes. Things are going to be taken away from me.

The most irrational part is that these doubts crop up when he’s actually working hardest. He calls the inner monologue “the turbulence” and has come to recognize it as a sign of burnout, a feeling that, for him, leads to anxiety that can quickly spiral into deep depression.

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