Imane "Pokimane" Anys is undoubtedly one of the biggest influencers on the planet right now. With over 8 million followers on Twitch, a massive social media presence on Twitter and Instagram, and multiple projects on the go at any given time, she hardly ever stops.
With that in mind, it's perhaps easy to understand why Anys is starting to feel burnt out from Twitch in particular. Running and maintaining a following on the Amazon-owned streaming service is a huge demand on any person's time, let alone one of the most popular Twitch stars out there.
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Anys has spoken in the past about her fears in taking breaks from Twitch, explaining that it's far too easy to slip into the mindset of feeling that you should constantly be streaming.
"It is just so hard to properly enjoy your time off without thinking that you should or could be doing more, especially with streaming," she explained of a recent break. "It's the one thing where there are just about no diminishing returns if you can stream 20 hours a day, every single day."
This feeling of toxic productivity can absolutely eat away at the soul. The idea that everything you do has to somehow benefit your life or career is a deeply damaging trait that a lot of us carry with us, and it's clear Anys is feeling this same burn. In a recent vlog on her second channel, she opened up about how these stresses are affecting her mental health.
The streamer explained (via Dexerto) that it's time to focus exclusively on projects she "wants to do," adding that she's "burnt out, unlike any other way I've been burnt out in the past."
"I just find myself doing so many things that I'm not excited about," she explained. "I'm just a f**king should-er. I always do things that I feel like I should do. All these years, I've been living my life and framing it in such a way where I avoid having any regret. But avoiding regret does not mean you are pursuing what you want. Those are two very, very different things."
Anys finished by declaring it was time for a change in her life, calling out the endless "capitalistic" hustle that many popular streamers feel they're stuck in.
"Why do I have seven figures in my bank account for?" she added. "To feel like a slave to what I'm expected to do or to the capitalistic idea of making the most amount of money you can? ...I just don't want this to be my norm."
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