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What is burnout? And how you can stop it from ruining your life

Burnout is the next phase in that mental health maelstrom the pandemic is giving many of us.

CLEVELAND — Stress? Check. Chronic Stress? Another check. 

Burnout is the next phase in that mental health maelstrom the pandemic is giving many of us.

Verilife, a cannabis dispensary company, surveyed 2,000 people and found 92 percent say burnout is affecting everyday life.

The causes? COVID-19, but also work, finances and politics.

Burnout is a prolonged and heightened response to work stress. It's not good. Your performance drops, you're exhausted, you've lost interest and you're likely not sleeping.

Are you dealing with Coronasomnia? Let's fix that first. Time to unplug.

"Some things to be mindful of is the impact of being on our screens all the time, the light exposure that we're getting, especially if that's in the evening, as well as the content of what we're doing can be very disruptive to sleep, so be mindful of that," says Michelle Drerup, PsyD at Cleveland Clinic

It's a new year, time for a new start and new attitude.

Sleep has a huge impact on our well being, but it needs routine and consistency of sleep and wake times. Start the new habit.

Day light may be a bit sparse in Northeast Ohio winters, but that's all the more reason why you need to get outside and go for a walk, to soak up what is available.

Working from home? Set rules to shut down and and stick to them.

Set a reasonable daily priority list and factor in critical periodic breaks. Set a timer if you need a reminder.

Got PTO? Use it. Time off can help you reset and diminish the negative mindset.

Most importantly, know you're not alone, 80% all generations say they're feeling the same way.

Remember, your work is valuable, but your health is priceless.

Editor's Note: The below story aired on September 24, 2020