How Can We Address, Assess, and Manage Pandemic Burnout?

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We've been living through unbelievable turmoil, restrictions, fears, and changes that no one could have imagined in January of 2020 — changes that have undoubtedly affected everything from how we work to how we manage our mental health. Billions of people all over the globe are experiencing many different types of mental health effects as mandates and health guidelines are updated from one day to the next.

Of course, conditions like burnout, which is caused by prolonged and intense stress, were present long before we were dealing with the novel coronavirus. The pandemic has merely intensified its effects, creating untold levels of stress in everyone's lives — including those of us who may have previously managed our stress levels effectively. After months of worrying about our health, our loved ones, our homes, our communities, and our jobs, the future can feel uncertain or even frightening. Let’s take a look at some things that can help us navigate the pressure of living and working through a global pandemic.