Research Says More Than A Third Of Canadians Are Burned Out – And How You Can Keep Your Lights On

New research indicates that 35% of all working Canadians are feeling burned out, a state typically characterized as being emotionally exhausted, cynical, and negative that generally leads to reduced efficiency in the workplace.

A recently commissioned study by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, and conducted by Mental Health Research Canada in December 2021, measured a wide range of factors relating to how employees are feeling at work. Those factors ranged from engagement and recognition to workload and safety.

“The number of Canadians reporting burnout is cause for concern,” said Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. “It’s not surprising though – considering we’re once again faced with extreme uncertainty as the pandemic rollercoaster continues. For so many of us, anxiety and exhaustion are at an all-time high.”

Five industries showed burnout rates above the national average of 35 per cent:

Health and patient care (53 per cent)

Transportation (40 per cent)

Finance, legal and insurance (39 per cent)

Education and childcare (38 per cent)

First responders (36 per cent)

Within the health and patient care industry, a staggering 66 percent of nurses reported burnout. Mental health professionals followed closely at 61 percent and all other segments surveyed in this industry landed well above the Canadian national average of 35 percent.

While not considered a mental illness, burnout can be debilitating and long-lasting. That’s why prevention and mitigation strategies are so important. 

The following steps may help to counter feelings of burnout:

Exercise – This may seem like a no-brainer but exercise can blast your body full of dopamine and serotonin, providing an emotional uplift, not to mention improving one’s physical characteristics, which also can lead to feeling better overall.

Eat…Well – Healthy diets might be a bit of a struggle, especially with the majority of Sudbury focused on when Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken on Notre Dame will open, but rest assured, a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can also fight off the blues.

Sleep – A good laugh and and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything, say the Irish. There isn’t a heck of a lot to laugh about throughout this pandemic, but we can certainly do our best to sleep this nightmare away. A solid night’s sleep all allows our minds to rest and process all the garbage we take in, which can lead to an enhanced well-being.

Talk – Reaching out for help can be a difficult thing to do during times of emotional distress but it is also an important measure in dealing with feelings of loneliness and depression.  

To find more steps to help prevent burnout for yourself or others, visit (https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/resources/prevent-burnout) Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. Employers can also access (https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/resources/burnout-response-for-leaders) free tools and resources to reduce the risk of burnout in the workplace.

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