By Kiera Booth, Young Worker Committee (YWC)

The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) is shining a light on issues that often get pushed into the shadows and aims to break down stigma associated with important issues in our communities.

Burnout and COVID-19

January is known for being Mental Health Awareness Month and we’re entering the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health in many ways and forms. The stress COVID-19 has brought, has affected us all differently, such as our finances, health care system, mental health, physical health and psychological health. The demands of our jobs have increased with COVID and stress has increased too. It is important to recognize when we are struggling with burnout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is burnout?

Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can occur when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands of the job.

What are the signs of burnout?

You can experience many signs of burnout that are physical, emotional and psychological.

Physical signs of burnout caused by chronic stress can include headaches stomach aches or gastrointestinal issues and can also cause lack of sleep. Emotional signs of burnout may have lack of energy, feel numb, lack of interest, present distant, depressed, and easily irritable. 

Reduced productivity at work and also having trouble concentrating may also be a sign of burnout.

What are ways to combat burnout?

Great ways to deal with burnout out include:

  • Reaching out for support such as coworkers friends and family or counselor to talk,
  • Enjoy some relaxing activities such as yoga, and meditation.
  • Ensure you get a good night’s sleep
  • Practice mindfulness

How does burnout relate to my mental health?

When burnout is left unaddressed and ignored, it can lead to excessive stress, fatigue, insomnia, sadness, irritability, substance abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and vulnerability to other illnesses.


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