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Learning to cope with job burnout

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Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 11:23 AM EST
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TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - The past two years have been draining for many of us. Closures of businesses and schools, unpredicted weather, increased illnesses and deaths. The list goes on.

All of these things have left people experiencing more work burnout than before.

United Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Toyosi Okurounmo said there are several ways you can cope.

Okurounmo said burnout is very common right now. The main cause comes from the many changes happening in our economy.

She said the things that would trigger burnout for you are the changes you’re either experiencing at the job, the changes you are experiencing in your home life or just the changes in the environment with the pandemic.

If you’re feeling burnt out, the first question to ask yourself is can you identify why is there a trigger. Okurounmo said identifying the trigger for your burnout feeling is important because that starts to help you think about how to find resources to cope.

Some of the resources she encourages people to use are communicating with their boss, reaching out to their social circle for support. The biggest one? Implementing meditation and breathing techniques to improve mental health.

“Really as humanity, we’re experiencing this together. The implications for each individual person with the job they do or in the household that they live in, that is customized to you,” Okurounmo said.

Okurounmo said it’s okay to take a step back from the stress of your daily life to help with better work performance.

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