2020 Burnout: Powering through to 2021

If you're exhausted from this year, you are not alone.

Burnout… is real.

This year has many of us drained, and while we only have a little over two months to go before we can leave 2020, even those on the front lines know it’s not going to be easy.

We spoke with Critical Care Nurse Breanne Burry from Freeman Hospital and Sergeant Andy Blair from Joplin PD to understand how they’ve been feeling and what ways they’ve been fighting through it.

Below are some resources we found that may be helpful for you or someone you know.

Tips from the Harvard Business Review:

  • Make sure to take breaks throughout the day
    • Take a walk or go for a run. The big thing is that you leave your desk.
    • If you can’t leave your desk, take one minute to close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
  • Be strategic with your energy
    • Tackle your toughest challenges when your energy is highest – often in the morning – focus on work and maximize your productivity.  Then step away for a rest.
  • Put away your devices
    • This is most important when you get home. Our psychological and physiological attachment to our phones can be managed strategically.
    • Place your smartphone in a basket or drawer when you get home so you’re not tempted to pick it up.
    • Set it so everything other than calls or texts from certain contacts are silenced.

6 Lesser Known Ways to Beat Burnout:

      1. Focus on the physiological.
      2. Get clear on your values and priorities.
      3. Avoid numbing strategies.
      4. Feed your soul.
      5. Take a sabbatical.
      6. Seek therapy.

How to Combat Zoom Burnout

  • Avoid multitasking
  • Build in breaks
  • Reduce on-screen stimuli
  • Make virtual social events opt-in
  • Switch to phone calls or email
  • For external calls, avoid defaulting to video

More links you may find helpful:

Free National Lifeline Chat

Beat remote work burnout as a team

7 Simple Tips for Beating Job-Search Burnout

Monday Blues: 14 Tips for Beating the (Very Real) Monday Blues

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)