It’s barely 2021 and we’re already comparing the stress level to 2020, which was filled with a record number of stressors. However, if a recent survey involves some kind of heart rate measurement, many of us have found a source of relief: cannabis.
The survey, compiled by cannabis company Verilife, collected data by examining the most frequently Googled terms related to burnout by state. Burnout, if you have not already experienced it, is defined as “a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion from excessive and prolonged stress”. The researchers asked 2,000 Americans about their experiences with burnout, what caused it, their symptoms, and how they deal with the resulting stress and fatigue.
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According to the results, 37% of respondents turned to CBD to deal with burnout, and 39% of them turned to cannabis for the same reason. With millennial cannabis users, these results were even more pronounced: 93% of them used the drug to treat their burnout symptoms. Speaking to those who did not use cannabis, 29% considered giving it a try to cope with stress and exhaustion.
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The survey shows that burnout search terms usually relate to the workplace, regardless of which country the results come from. Terms specifically related to burnout and the health care industry have been used particularly widely, with terms such as “health care burnout”, “nurses and burnout”, “nursing burnout” and “nursing burnout prevention” being the most common belong googled.
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While there were some differences in respondents’ responses based on age, the majority of them agreed that COVID-19 was the main source of stress in their lives. The pandemic is cited as the reason why so many people suffer from burnout in many areas of their lives. COVID-19 was followed by work, finance, politics and news.
Hopefully 2021 will be a less stressful year (so far it is not looking so good) with less uncertainty, political stress and thus burnout. A few weeks later things were reliably insane.