Feeling a little burntout?
It's time to take a break!

Feeling burnout at this time of year is not unusual. But the level of burnout resulting from the year of dealing with COVID 19 is more widespread and more significant than ever. It’s time for some well-earned self-care!


Feeling a bit flat or worn out lately? There’s good reason. It’s been a difficult year for everyone in one way or another.

While burnout is not an officially recognised mental disorder, it is defined by the World Health Organisation’s as ‘a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’.

Reasons why many more people than usual are experiencing burnout this year include:

  • mental fatigue from periods of intensive concentration due to increased workload, working remotely or learning a new area of work
  • strain due to working in more difficult work environments, insufficient resources, attending to social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising
  • change and uncertainty in many aspects of personal and professional life
  • stress from work demands and family life combined
  • emotional fatigue from constant virtual meetings and lack of boundaries
  • anxiety, fear and worry around COVID 19 uncertainty
  • emotional fatigue in supporting others
  • a focus on ‘just getting through’

“taking time out for yourself  is vital  over the Summer break and into 2021”

So, with Christmas looming, the break couldn’t come fast enough for many. Whilst taking an official break from work, perhaps travelling to a regional or inter-state destination and changing up the routine will facilitate the easing of many symptoms of burnout, it’s also a great time to prioritise your own wellbeing with some positive and proactive self-care activities.

With this aim in mind, Health Breaks released its “12 Days of Christmas” features to support and encourage employees to celebrate their health and we would like to share them with as many people as possible. Try these activities featured below.

Burnout can develop into chronic stress if not managed well. There’s no doubt that 2021 will continue to bring more change and challenges for workplaces to work through. Taking preventative measures to ensure employees are supported in their wellbeing will be vital for business success. 

Find out more about Health Breaks’ preventative employee health solutions for diverse workplaces at www.healthbreaks.com.au