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:

FeelingsBehavioursPhysical sensations
Lack of self-confidenceWithdrawing from roles/responsibilitiesFeeling tired/drained a lot of the time
Doubting yourselfWithdrawing from othersFrequent aches and pains
Sense of helplessnessProcrastinationChanges to appetite
Lack of motivationBecoming frustrated with othersChanges to sleep habits
Sense of dissatisfactionDifficulties concentratingFrequently becoming unwell – lowered immunity
Constant negative outlookDrinking or smoking more than usual
Feeling constantly worried

Can we help you?

The Healthier Together Support Network (HTSN) can offer advice and support on a range of issues. The challenges affecting your wellbeing may be unrelated to COVID-19; however, you may still benefit from a conversation with our team. The support offered by the HTSN is confidential and separate from mental health and Occupational Health Services.

Useful resources

Bitesized Books Series 

Burnout: How to avoid it and look after yourself


Apps to support stress and worry