Addressing Burnout & Maintaining Mental Health

Awhile ago I posted about burnout indicating some of the symptoms of what is now officially noted as a disease. I have added to the piece by noting that the same self care aspects apply to maintaining strong mental health. Research indicates that the treatment recovery period for burnout and stress factors leading to a mental health concerns take anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years with the average period being 6 to 9 months.

Following is a short list of strategies that address the conditions and promote well being:

  • Develop a list of self-care processes that may include journaling, meditation, massage, yoga, reading, music, mindfulness, stretching, tai chi, dancing, and breath techniques.
  • Assess weekly where you are at in following through on the strategies you have chosen.
  • Adjust your list as needed for the upcoming week.
  • Detect early signs of deteriorating health then do something about it.
  • Make a point of identifying what burnout looks like for you (anger, frustration, exhaustion, etc.).
  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help, delegate tasks, or reset priorities.

What other approaches do you know of to recover?

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

Endurance Needed Now

A definition of endurance – is the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. This period of uncertainty is currently challenging the economic and social frameworks that most people, whatever their line of work, are familiar with.

At this juncture many companies are in the process of streamlining their operational activities. That includes closures of facilities including another round of workers receiving lay off notices or reduced hours of work. The salaries of workers are also being cut.

As the present situation continues to unfold – endurance is an absolute necessity. Now is the time to continue to preserve through the adverse conditions.

 It is the time when staying power is required to sort through the remnants of what remains as building blocks for what is emerging and has yet to become apparent. It is the time when individuals and the general society in which we live must gather our collective strength and continue despite the fatigue, stress, and ever-present uncertainty.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

Canada’s Labour Force Survey for January 2021

The highlights of the report include a drop in part time employment during January 2021. Young people between the ages of 15 – 24 were impacted (-10.2%). Women between the ages of 25 – 54 (-10.4 %) were also impacted.

Numbers of Canadians working at home increased from 5.1 during April of 2020 to 5.4 million in January 2021. The increase in work from home numbers is largely due to restrictions in Ontario and Quebec.

Labour market underutilization rate continues to increase in Canada. This rate reflects the proportion of people in the potential labour force who are unemployed; want a job but have not looked for one; or are employed but working less than half of their usual hours for reasons likely related to current restrictions.

The impact on women as a result of restrictions in the retail and food service sector is pronounced. Current restrictions continue to impact those who need the work the most.

The full report is available at Statistics Canada.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,