Whatever your work situation looks like these days, you're likely carrying a lot of stress, including from being employed at all during a pandemic. If you're jittery, grinding your teeth, numbing out, or having trouble with your sleep, you may have come to expect it now. These side effects aren't sustainable, however, and they can present like symptoms of something much worse.
Researchers at Ohio State University, famously home to some hard-hitting football players, have just published a new study about post-concussion syndrome. Essentially, nearly 3 in 10 participants (in this case, military cadets and high-level athletes) displayed physiological signs that resembled recovering from a concussion, even if they had no recent history of the brain injury. These symptoms range "from persistent headaches, dizziness, and fatigue to anxiety, insomnia, and loss of concentration and memory." People who live with "lack of sleep, pre-existing mental health problems, and stress" were more likely to present these conditions.
Previous studies have zeroed in on the self-perpetuating relationship between stress and burnout, so any circuit breaker you can find in your life for your sources of stress is super valuable. Sometimes that means adjusting a mindset, while in other cases, it may mean talking about how your community can help you.
There are all kinds of little ways you can incorporate relief into your routine. And while globally, we're all going through kind of a lot right now, it's within our control to treat ourselves and our loved ones as kindly as possible every chance we get.