July 29, 2020

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Wellness Wednesday: Pandemic Burnout


We’re in the middle of a pandemic – and we can all agree – it’s a stressful time for everyone. Our routines have been disrupted and we’ve been forced to quickly find ways to adapt to the new normal.

The workplace is no exception. The constant strain of the COVID-19 situation can lead to shifts in mental attitude and lack of focus for employees and employers. How do you keep yourself and your employees from falling victim to burnout during a pandemic?

Here are some tips to help you and your employees avoid “pandemic burnout.”

  1. Stop working. Since you can’t physically leave the office at the end of the day, it can be difficult to shut off “work mode.” The Harvard Business Review claims, “The lines between work and non-work are blurring in new and unusual ways, and many employees who are working remotely for the first time are likely to struggle to preserve healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives. To signal their loyalty, devotion, and productivity, they may feel they have to work all the time.” This can lead to increased stress levels. Know when it’s time to stop and shut down. Do something relaxing to help you step back from the job after work hours.
  2. Do something productive and fun. Now is the perfect time to start that hobby you’ve always thought about. Whether it’s learning something new or brushing up on an old skill, dedicate some time to doing something other than work. If you have kids, plan activities you can do as a family. If you’re stressed working from home, there’s a pretty good chance your kids are feeling stressed as well.
  3. Call your co-workers. Talk about something other than work though, just like you would if you ran into them in the office breakroom. As humans, we are social creatures. Staying in contact with others will help lower stress levels.
  4. Stick to a schedule. Make sure you know what others expect of you and keep track of deadlines. Schedule phone calls and office hours like you would normally. Try to stick to a routine as much as possible.


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Sarah Michaels

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Sarah Michaels, RN, CPBS

VP of Kinetiq Health
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