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  • Jerry Rollins

Stress and Burnout

As I sit here on a pleasant Sunday afternoon I just heard an acquaintance had passed at 49 from a massive heart attack. He is survived by his spouse and young children.

Life these days is challenging in a different way than it has ever been. I have heard from many friends that they are feeling burnout as a result of not making forward progress in their business or personal life. 

Through these past five months there has been so much uncertainty with openings, closings, government intervention, protests, riots, schools closed, the current health crisis and political unrest.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), occupational burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, with symptoms characterized by "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy.”

None of us can fix the world but we can work on ourselves. Here are some simple things that I feel we can all do or not do to alleviate some of the symptoms;


  • Exercise (walking is something everyone can do)

  • Get your sleep

  • Meditate 

  • Read

  • Listen to music

  • Eat properly

  • Talk about your challenges with others that you respect 

  • Visit a therapist 


  • Avoid the issues

  • Hang out with toxic people

  • Drink in excess

  • Medicate yourself to mask the issue

We must work on ourselves first before we can have a positive impact on our families, businesses, colleagues and communities.

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