Health Experts Warn About Burnout During COVID-19 Pandemic


Monday, October 19th 2020, 6:14 pm
By: William Blanchette


TULSA, Okla. -

Many people are feeling stressed due to the pandemic, but there is an even more serious condition to watch out for: burnout.

Family and Children’s Services said there’s a big difference between stress and burnout, and since the pandemic, many people have likely been experiencing burnout.

"Because of the ongoing stress, it doesn't seem like things are getting better, we are kind of transitioning to what is considered burnout,” Faith Crittenden, Senior Program Director for the Mental Health Team said.

Crittenden said that while stress can make a person feel sick or even lose sleep, burnout on the other hand can damage a person emotionally. According to Crittenden, burnout needs to be dealt with quickly.

“They can get to a place where they are feeling suicidal, so I think that is one of the biggest concerns,” Crittenden said.

Crittenden said continuing to make connections with those who are important to us, making small goals, and even nurturing a positive view of ourselves can help.

The Kaiser Foundation found that the number of U.S. adults struggling with mental health issues is linked to the pandemic, increasing from 32% in March to 53% in July.

Crittenden said it's important for people to step away from work when needed but keep in touch.

“You are not alone,” Crittenden said. “Just stay connected with people and that will help to combat the burnout you are having."