Beating burnout


TO ensure their peers maintain an active and balanced lifestyle amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) final year School of Communication students held a “Together, We Talk” webinar forum last month.

The “Combating Burnout: How to Overcome Mental and Physical Exhaustion” forum saw a trio of professionals discussing and sharing their knowledge of mental health with viewers via Facebook Live.

The panellists comprised Dr Kala Devi, a Befrienders Penang representative who gives talks on stress, depression and anxiety management, Manogaran Pechamuthu, a manager and trainer with 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and Fatiha Shuib, the founder of a mental health movement.

Kala Devi explained to viewers the definition of burnout, its causes and the importance of being aware of burnout signs.

“People must find the cause of it in order to recharge themselves. Often, people are prone to thinking that they are alone in facing their immense stress and sense of isolation.

“One way people can combat their burnout is by having more breaks and increasing their relaxation response, ” she added.

The panellists gave several other suggestions on ways to combat burnout, such as sharing problems with your inner circle, exercising more and taking part in volunteering activities, USM said in a press release.

The webinar was part of USM’s Wait! PAUSE campaign.

USM School of Communication dean Dr Nurzali Ismail said the campaign is a response to the unprecedented situation everyone is facing due to Covid-19 as people learn to adapt to the new normal.

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