For the past year, the world has been steeped in uncertainty, stress, and loss as we all struggle to maintain balance and good health. For many of us, dealing with a sense of isolation and separation from others are new stressors. For professional caregivers and those in helping professions, providing care to others during the pandemic has resulted in exceedingly higher than normal levels of stress and presented heightened risks of burnout.
These times are particularly challenging because many of the pre-COVID-19 ways that we used to cope with stress and maintain balance are now restricted. For example, travel is no longer a viable stress reliever, and the idea of getting away from it all to rejuvenate, take a break, and recharge is no longer an option for most.