As we near the end of June, I think back to that Friday in March when I picked my kids up from school for what — unbeknownst to any of us — was the last in-person day of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Nothing could have prepared me for what laid ahead: a marathon three months (going on four) of trying to juggle the synchronized demands of work life, home life, and school life.
And I’m not alone.
Burnout is shaping up to be a major side-effect of COVID-19, and it’s not the kind of burnout we normally associate with lengthy commutes, back-to-back appointments, or late hours at the office.
It’s a new type of burnout that’s less “hustle and bustle” and more of a mental exercise that we never trained for. A relentless routine — “Groundhog Day” has become a popular metaphor to describe the monotony we’ve settled into — that is testing our psychological stamina and resolve.
More than 100 days into pandemic life and many of us are just feeling…done.
WHAT’S BEHIND THE BURNOUT?
With everyone experiencing this pandemic differently depending on their personal and professional circumstances, it’s impossible to summarize all the potential reasons people are feeling flat-out drained right now.
But if you’re looking to understand why you’re feeling so utterly worn out these days, the below explanations could be a start:
There is no shortage of explanations for the burnout many of us are feeling right now. In my next post, I’ll elaborate on some common signs of burnout and share tips for how to manage through this tiring and trying time.
Stay safe and stay well!
Lindsay Ross, MSW RSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Toronto, Ontario.