How Can We Beat Pandemic Burnout as the World Begins Reopening?

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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 we continue to navigate the uncharted territory that makes up the process of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of course, conditions like burnout, which is caused by prolonged and intense stress, were a present long before we were dealing with the novel coronavirus, but the pandemic has 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 feels uncertain and, in some ways, scary. Let’s take a look at some things that can help us navigate the pressure as society reopens.