By Britany Inkrott MA LPC
Whether you are a nurse, a lawyer, a doctor, EMS worker, police officer, or a fireman, preventing burnout is very important. Burnout is a term that is used to describe those who are in helping professions that struggle with exhaustion. This exhaustion can be physical, mental, or emotional stress that is caused by feelings of ongoing stress most of the time. When we are experiencing burnout, we tend to not feel like ourselves and this can leak into other issues within our personal lives.
Burnout can be expressed in multiple stages and everyone can experience burnout in different ways. Burnout can look like resentment towards your job or people, problems at home or relationships, anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders that appear, and chronic exhaustion.
Does this sound familiar to you? If so, here are 5 things that you can do to work on preventing burnout.
- Self Care– Doing activities or events that fill up your cup.
- Boundaries Between Work and Home-
- Small physical changes (Taking off your hat, listening to music, wearing sunglasses)
- Changing roles- (healthcare worker to husband/wife/friend/mom/dad/br
- Physical placement- (let the building keep your worries, allow the drive home to be your processing time)
- Find Connection with Others– confide in coworkers, support groups, or local groups
- Take the Vacation Day– Take a day off to enjoy yourself, or a few to regroup, identify what you need and refill your cup
- Seek Help Where You Need It- Finding a Mental Health Therapist to help you process stress and create coping skills, we all need a little help sometimes.
Why is this important?
Due to Covid-19, the demand for the healthcare field has never been higher or more stressful. High expectations are placed on those in the helping professions and this topic is rarely discussed or taught on. It is important because YOU are important. If you aren’t okay, then those who you help aren’t okay.
This blog is a short summary of a seminar that will be taught on this subject to discuss how to prevent burnout within your job or career. This seminar will be focused on identifying burnout and ways to prevent it. If you are interested in attending one of our seminars please give our office a call at 419-238-1000 to learn more.