Pandemic work stress

The pandemic has impacted us all in one way or another. For some people the impact has been huge, for others its been more of a tweak to their life style. We are all unique, therefore how it has affected us is also unique.

For me I’ve been working at home since late February 2020, I already lived alone and frequently worked at home, so some of the work related pressures of lockdown life have been different for me.

There is a great article over at the BBC that is looking at different perspectives of how people handled pandemic work stresses. Read it here

Here is a short extract from the article, on the topic of Burnout which is quite useful:

“The key to coping with burnout is control, according to experts. “Not everyone has the option of leaving their job but it’s about doing what you can with the things you can control,” says Siobhan Murray, author of The Burnout Solution.

Cary Cooper, president of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and professor of organisational psychology and health at the University of Manchester, says it is “important that individuals take control of their environment to manage the hours they work and ensure that they’re socially connected”.

He advises:

  • take control
  • don’t work consistently long hours
  • engage in activities unrelated to work
  • connect socially with friends and people you like
  • have some “me time”
  • avoid unhealthy behaviours and negative coping mechanisms
  • help other people
  • be positive”

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