Coronavirus: Is Working From Home Wearing You Out?

June 8, 2020

Since stay-at-home orders have been imposed and working from home has become the new normal, many Americans have found themselves with an abundance of free time.

With all the additional time saved by not commuting to-and-from work, you would think everyone has been getting more done, but surprisingly, it's the opposite.

Today reported a recent survey by Monster.com which found that 51% of workers said they had experienced burnout while working from home due to COVID-19.

And what's more? Fifty two percent said they have no plans to take off and relax.

The Mayo Clinic provided advice to employees on when to know you are experiencing burnout. The organization describes it as "a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity."

Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin, a psychologist and executive coach in New York City, said living through a pandemic provides a different meaning for burnout. She said her clients are struggling at the moment, while also finding it difficult to do it.

"People are dreaming about work and feel like they're never letting it go, Obré-Austin said. "It's a continuous exposure to work."

If you feel like there is currently no separation between your work and home life, here are some suggestions from Orbé-Austin.

—Create your own space, even if it’s just a comfy chair
—Due to your boss knowing that you are home, it doesn’t mean you have to be constantly available for them
—If you are working and trying to spend more time with family, you should set a schedule
—It is always important to practice self-care
—People should always go for a walk after their workday
—If you are experiencing burnout, you should take the day off right away

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