Pandemic Burnout | Healthy UNH

Recognizing the Signs and Overcoming Burnout  

As we are coming up on the one year mark of the pandemic, many are seriously feeling the emotional burnout. We are starting to let our guards down which is contributing to the spike in cases all across the country. There are even new restrictions and some shutdowns in certain areas too which only takes further toll on our emotional wellbeing. The burnout is real, but there are ways that we can take action.  

If you think you may be experiencing burnout, you are not alone. Some of the signs include difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, losing sight of self and goals, frustration, irrationality, insomnia, and difficulty maintaining relationships and being present with loved ones. Whether you are experiencing a few of these or all of these; there are things you can do and steps you can take to ease the burnout to help you recover. Check out some of these tips below to ease the burnout:  

  • Find the source: There are many things that can contribute to burnout. If you have a lot going on right now whether it be work, school, or taking care of a loved one, doing too much of everything can quickly cause burnout. Try to ease up on some of the things you are doing by setting emotional boundaries and saying “no” a little more often.  

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  • Identify areas to change: Start with some honesty and self-reflection. Examine your closest interpersonal relationships, work schedule, and everything else you do on a daily basis. Then start to question whether certain things are improving or helping your burnout. Find time for yourself to do things you enjoy. Most importantly, be honest with yourself and others in what you can take on.  

  • Talk to people: Consider talking to people you trust the most about your burnout. Maybe they can help you identify times that you are short-tempered and what you are doing in that moment. Having some outside perspective can help with identifying potential triggers a lot easier.  

  • Take control: This one is the most difficult but will provide the most benefit. Delegate, leave work at work, prioritize, and be firm about your needs.  

Although there are many other tips and tricks to ease burnout, this is a great place to start. I encourage you to share this with others as well if you suspect that they may be experiencing burnout.  

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If you are worried about yourself or others, reach out to PACS at (603) 862-2090.  

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