The psychological toll of remote work

Mediating the effects of ongoing burnout, how to protect employees from cyberbullies, a neighborhood spot does elevated comfort food & more

After the tragedy in our community over the weekend, it can feel tough to focus. As we follow the news, we’re doing what we can to heal and support one another. Our friends at Capital Public Radio have created a resource hub for families impacted by the shooting as well as the larger Sacramento community (such as bar and restaurant workers and anyone else affected). Please share it with anyone who might benefit.

In our world, we’re noticing remote work — while a blessing in some ways — can also feel like a curse to our necks, backs and morale. You may recall the concept of burnout had a moment earlier on in the pandemic, and now we’re contending with its ongoing effects. If you’re experiencing chronic pain or anxiety over telework, Capital Region therapists confirm you’re not alone — they’ve seen a sharp spike in patients during the pandemic. 

So what can we do? Actually, quite a bit! In an effort to practice one of the article’s tips, we’re currently writing this from a coffee shop to mix up our surroundings, fill in those “pockets of humanity” and increase our “social therapy.” (Yes, it’s a thing.) As annoying as it is to actively try to do one more thing in the day, making an effort to care for yourself is always worth it.

Here’s the latest Capital Region Rundown:

Guest writer Josh Smith outlines the signs of and preventative measures against virtual harassment; Valley Vision’s CEO shares her strategic use of time throughout meeting-filled workdays; the region’s mental health professionals share how transitions, social activities and getting outdoors help to combat burnout from remote work; our president and publisher examines what sales people get right about resilience; a Southside Park cafe with a DIY spirit nurtures the neighborhood throughout the pandemic with elevated comfort food; and a frozen meal delivery service expands into a former casino following an increase in demand for meal delivery.

Recommendations from our editors:

In this section we editors share what we’re reading, listening to, watching or even eating. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:

Vanessa: I read David Sedaris’s latest New Yorker essay “Lucky-Go-Happy” over the weekend and enjoyed his colorful account of how his occupation as a traveling reader/performer was affected by the pandemic. I’ve seen him read his work a few times at the Mondavi Center, so it was nice to laugh out loud throughout this story and experience that feeling all over again.

Judy: Fox News Host and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has a podcast about personal and professional growth called “Everything Will Be Okay.” A recent episode focused on Perino’s MinuteMentoring program, a speed-dating model that matches young leaders with mentors.

The episode tells you how to approach a would-be mentor, while mentors give advice to those asking for help, including taking risks, willingness to work any shift and this piece of wisdom: If you’re comfortable in your job, that means you need a new challenge.

Comstock’s is doing a story on mentors and mentees. If you know of any or would like to be part of the story, email me at

Jennifer: Did you read our March feature on new California state requirements on food waste? My favorite food podcast, “Gastropod,” did its own take on the topic this week. Listen in to visit facilities across the state that are turning food scraps into “black gold.”  

Odds and ends

Last call (two more days) to nominate an inspirational young leader age 40 or under for our upcoming Young Professionals issue! Thank you so much for your nominations thus far. We’ve received some outstanding nominations since extending our deadline to April 8. Make sure to give your community some love and get your vote in — it takes just a few minutes to fill out the form and submit your pick. 

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