In a recent survey and study, Minnesota showed more signs of parental burnout than most other states.

With 2020 behind us, a year of hope and -- for some of us -- new resolutions lies ahead. 2020 was a year of many things, some good though largely bad. For many, burnout was one of the bad. According to HelpGuide, burnout can be defined as "a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands."

The folks at Verilife recently looked at Google analytics, trends and searches to find the most common terms related to burnout in each state; they also surveyed 2,000 Americans to ask them about their experiences with burnout and symptoms and how they cope with stress and exhaustion.

What Verilife found is that job- and career-related burnout was the most common, leading in Google searches in 20 states. Specifically searches for “Healthcare worker burnout,” “nurses and burnout,” “nursing burnout,” and “nurse burnout prevention" were some of the most common throughout 2020. Family also played a role in burnout in 2020, with searches including "Parental Burnout," "Wife Burnout," and "Motherhood Burnout," which Verilife found was Minnesota's most common burnout-related search last year.

Verilife found these to be the eight leading causes of burnout in 2020:

Covid-19                       72%
Work                             69%
Finances                      67%
Politics                         47%
The News                    39%
Social Media                38%
Civil Unrest                  34%
Lack of Socialization     30%

The most common mechanisms for coping with burnout last year according to Verilife's survey are:

Netflix/Hulu                            55%
Exercising                             49%
Sleeping/Napping                 49%
Listening to Music                 39%
Talking to Friends/Family      37%
Surfing the Internet               37%
Reading                                33%
Misc. Hobbies                       30%

See the full results of Verilife's survey here.

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