@LumrahL Burnout doesn't happen overnight. It's the accumulation and build up of pressures and strains, demands and expectations that's conscious or dormant. The reason for the escalation of burnout recently is the inability to define boundaries and establish barriers from WFH.
@LumrahL Yes, from an office perspective its easy. You work there and home is your safe space, your refuge. WFH the lines blur, whether you're aware or not (and of course to "fill time" and avoid boredom of confinement) you will say "well I just work" instead.
@LumrahL There is also a tendency to think, well you're at home nothing else to do so call and have meetings beyond what would be acceptable in an office environment. Why? The argument is "you're at home what?". Basically no one respects or appreciates these boundaries and barriers gone.
@LumrahL So it creeps up on you. Without realising you pull 16-18 hour days sitting at your dining table and actually doing more work than you would do in the office. Don't forget there are the distractions, "join this meeting", "come in and see me","can we go have a coffee and discuss"
@LumrahL WFH you don't have that "luxury". You're at your dining table, makan pun it's just there, at the end of the day get up and move to your bedroom. So there's not ring fencing, no divide, no reset, no downtime which was the privilege of being at home. That impacts mental health.
@LumrahL And that's another thing. No one sees the mental health looming in the background. Why? It doesnt manifest physically immediately. And the long term effects are damaging. So be careful. Break away mentally if not physically every day. Once you burnout, recovery is hard.
@LumrahL I think I survived or at least minimised burnout despite for most of the MCO, work commitments of running several Departments, a few Committees and various Board meetings. Always allot time for YOU. It needs discipline, you need to stick to it. Yoga for one hour every morning.
@LumrahL Don't sit for hours looking at a screen. Take periodic breaks and stand up, get some fresh air on the balcony for 10 minutes in the morning and the afternoon.
@LumrahL Break the monotony. Yes devote some hours to office work but say do a course and take an afternoon off and do some online lectures. Over the 18 months of lockdown, I did one Professional Certification and 7 University based certificates. Take reading breaks, non work reading.
@LumrahL But most importantly, weekends and evenings drawn the line. No work. Do housework, watch videos etc. Thankfully it's over and we can go back to some semblance of normality but prepare yourself to be less social and out there. This isn't going away, just be careful.

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