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Corona mass motivation causing an outbreak of burnout

- May 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Simplicity expert Bronwen Sciortino found out the hard way the dangers of doing too much with too little in the tank. As she watches the frenzy of positivity and calls to pivot, she is concerned there is going to be a massive crash.

“Change and growth is a process but in less than two months since we were moved into isolation, the posts and messages on social media for people to see the positive and make massive changes is a slippery slope,” she said.

“We were forced into the coronavirus world with no warning, and with no regard for where we were in our own journeys in dealing with trauma and stress. Each undergoing our own process of unravelling – and no – it’s not pretty. 

“It’s not supposed to be poetic or beautiful, it’s gruelling and uncomfortable. And that’s why mass motivation can be such a danger. It fails to honour the process that will eventually yield ‘change’. 

“We’re not in the same boat. We may be in the same storm, but we are each in our boat.”

Many people were at a point of burnout before this period of restrictions. Now, at a time of supposed rest and less activity than usual, people are experiencing additional overwhelming pressure. During this time, some people are finding the time to flex their creativity while most others are only equipped to survive. 

“Both responses are healthy and normal and as a society, we have to release each other of expectations.” she said.

“Many people are simply trying to process this massively traumatic event right now. There’s added pressure, people are drowning under the expectations of what they need just to survive, let alone go above and beyond and use this time “constructively”. 

“The truth is that simply surviving is constructive enough. Just getting through this is good enough”

Bronwen said  mass motivation produces massive burnout

“Mass burnout is the result of one mass traumatic event applied to a population of people with different backgrounds, different underlying traumas (and therefore triggers), and different challenges in life,” she said.

“We can’t all perform the same way under pressure. 

“We’re not in the same boat. We may be in the same storm, but we are each in our boat. We are each equipped in a different way to handle this storm. What do you do if you feel like you are not handling this storm at all, what if you feel like you are drowning in it?”

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