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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressures and demands placed upon those working in the health and social care sector have increased significantly. Alongside these heightened pressures, lockdown restrictions have meant that many have been unable to engage in activities that often help to reduce stress or promote self-care. For some, this may result in experiencing burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion, which is caused by prolonged and excessive stress. It does not just impact our working lives; it can also spill over into our home and social lives.

Below are some common signs of burnout:


  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Doubting yourself
  • Sense of helplessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sense of dissatisfaction
  • Constant negative outlook
  • Feeling constantly worried
  • Irritable


  • Withdrawing from roles/responsibilities
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastination
  • Becoming frustrated with others
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Drinking or smoking more than usual

Physical Sensations

  • Feeling tired/drained a lot of the time
  • Frequent aches and pains
  • Changes to appetite
  • Changes to sleep habits
  • Frequently becoming unwell – lowered immunity

Useful resources

Bitesized Books Series

Burnout: How to avoid it and look after yourself

Relaxation and mindfulness apps

Sleep resources

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