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Local employees experiencing burnout due to unemployment issue

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DULUTH, MN-- As the nation battles staffing shortages, employees are reporting massive burnout.

Experts define burnout as a state of extreme exhaustion from overworking, that can start out with subtle signs that grow over time.

Executive Chef Sam Courtney from At Sarah's Table said he was experiencing first-hand working up to 70-80 hour weeks.

"I know some cooks have gone up to 70 or 80 hours a week," Courtney said.

Metamorphosis Lifecoach Nicole Karnowski said it can start subtle, such as feeling less interested in things, being more cynical, and not enjoying work anymore.

However, taking care of yourself is one way to combat burnout.

"Taking time to refresh and replenish yourself," Karnowski said.

She adds when working a lot of hours, workers should find things that bring them joy.

Courtney agrees, feeling he needs to find personal time in his workday as he hopes to get more help.

Experts add that finding moments of peace every day like taking a walk, listening to music, or talking with friends and family can help replenish any stress you might be feeling.

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Abigael Smith

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