Avoid post lockdown Burnout

Avoid post lockdown Burnout

Starting to feel the pressure? Throughout the past 18 months, we have been in the perfect storm…phenomenal growth, homeworking, and concerns about job security have undoubtedly put everyone under pressure. Did your efforts result in your goals and business objectives being met?

With 18 months of extra mental load taking its toll, has it resulted in business success or just pure exhaustion?  If working from home continues, it is vital to assess the way you have been working and look after yourself to ensure you don’t burn out completely.

For those who were able to keep working throughout the pandemic, there were different approaches: in some cases, individuals overworked owing to a sense of fear of losing their employment status; some saw it as an opportunity to get ahead with little else to do; whilst others were unable to stop at their usual hours without the physical act of leaving the office.  Homeworkers have increased their number of working hours by up to 25% during the pandemic, with more than two-thirds feeling burnt out. At the start of this year, almost 70 per cent of workers had experienced burnout symptoms while working remotely, while 37 per cent of people were struggling to stop working at what should have been the end of the day. Not surprising when you consider how many people have been juggling busy work schedules, video calls, home-schooling and household chores every day.

What really is burnout?

As the charity Mind explains, burnout refers to a collection of symptoms. You may feel completely exhausted, have little motivation for your job, feel irritable, or anxious and you may see a dip in your work performance. Burnout can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, and trouble sleeping. 

Being mentally and physically exhausted can lower resilience and increase feelings of dread and helplessness. When you are exhausted, you may feel you are unable to cope and you’re less motivated to do anything about those negative feelings.

Eventually, this could leave you with more anxious feelings which can eventually lead to debilitating fatigue.

Here are some ways to avoid or alleviate burn out:

  • Research coping strategies
  • If your productivity is waning, change your focus
  • Make time to socialise
  • Take a rest from constant social media and negative news headlines
  • Share your fears and thoughts with others – a problem shared
  • A change is as good as a rest – try to get out of the house for a change of scenery throughout the day whether that is with a walk or a drive
  • Make a little time for doing something you love during the day to reinvigorate you
  • Make plans for the future – humans thrive with things to look forward to
  • Take control – you can really benefit from giving yourself a goal to work towards that is separate from your work life, for example Couch to 5K.
  • It’s ok to not be ok – seek professional help if you are really struggling


If you’re looking for expert support on recruitment in these challenging times, get in touch and find out how CBR can help.

Speak to our team today about how we can work together on furthering your career. 

Call 01223 843903 or email careers@cyberbusinessresource.com.

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