Pandemic-Related Trauma and Burnout

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no community untouched by trauma. It has brought death, loss, illness, isolation, and prolonged uncertainty to the global population on a massive scale. Healthcare professionals, first responders, educators, and frontline workers have faced relentless trauma in fields that were challenged by burnout to begin with.

The pandemic also laid bare the inequities and systemic injustices that prevent people from accessing resources and care when they need it most.

As researchers study the psychological and social impacts of the pandemic, the findings are concerning:

  • increased domestic violence
  • increased suicide attempts among adolescents
  • increased symptoms of PTSD, such as hypervigilance
  • decreased test scores among students

It’s never been more important for adults and children of all ages to have access to evidence-based trauma-relief tools. For healthcare systems, public safety departments, education systems, and essential service institutions, the need for effective, organization-wide programs to address trauma, stress, and burnout is a crucial component to workforce sustainability.

During the pandemic, we have continued to implement system-wide mind-body medicine programs in schools, hospitals, and healthcare systems.

The pandemic has also inspired those trained in the CMBM model to implement our healing tools and techniques in their communities. Daniel A. Winkle, MD, is a rehabilitation physician based in San Leandro, CA who had the idea to bring the CMBM model to his overworked, stressed staff of 50 during the pandemic. At the end of each shift, he created space for hospital staff to move their bodies, meditate, and share emotionally-challenging experiences from their lengthy shifts. Over time, his program attracted attention throughout the Alameda County Health System and laid the foundation for what will become a system-wide intervention for all 5,000 employees.


Webinars to support self-care during the pandemic

Women’s Wellbeing in the Time of COVID-19

Featuring women’s health leader, Dr Aviva Romm

The Variety of Meditative Experiences ft. Bob Roth

This webinar features a dialog with James Gordon MD and Bob Roth

Eating Well and Wisely in a Trauma Heavy Time

A live conversation with Dr. Will Cole.

Meeting the Challenges of Frontline Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A conversation with Dr. Daniel Winkle Medical Director for Rehabilitation Services at the Alameda Health…

The Food Fix: Reimagining American Eating from Soup to Nuts and Beyond

A conversation featuring Dr. Mark Hyman and James S. Gordon, MD.

The World Just Had a Wellness Wake-up Call! Now What?

A conversation featuring Melisse Gelula and James S. Gordon, MD.

Gratitude Changes Everything: A Free CMBM Self-Care Webinar

Explore self-care paths to trauma-healing gratitude