World Mental Health Day 2021

The pandemic has affected people’s mental health and wellbeing in a variety of different ways. Looking after our mental health is often easier said than done, but small lifestyle changes can make a world of difference.

Burnout is the feeling there is just ‘not enough’. Not enough time, energy, enthusiasm, ability, and inner resource. It is commonly described as being emotionally drained, feeling empty or just not being able to be yourself anymore. This is often caused by excessive and prolonged stress. 

Common signs of Burnout include:

  • Sense of failure or self-doubt
  • Emotional distance from others
  • Vulnerability to frequent illnesses
  • Taking longer to complete tasks or putting them off
  • Feeling irritable
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Feeling tired, fatigued or drained of energy

How can we combat Burnout?

Taking time to reframe your day can really help. Being optimistic yet realistic with tasks that we set ourselves, making a list of what needs completing and by when will help you to feel organised and in control.

Make sure you take time out! Time out away from any screens to recharge your emotional and mental batteries. Connect with other people as this is a fundamental human need.

Get active, take time out to go for a walk. Regular physical activity known associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

If you are experiencing any of these feelings and symptoms, please seek support and confide in your close friends, family members or even your colleagues. Just remember, you are not alone.

More helpful information can be found here