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Tips for Coping with Work Burnout

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Tips for Coping with Work Burnout

This year, medical communities all over the world have faced an unprecedented pandemic that has brought stress, confusion, fatigue, exhaustion and so much more to their frontline workers and staff. As we continue to battle COVID-19, employers are aware that healthcare workers may be feeling burned out. Nurse burnout is a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion caused by stressors such as long hours, the pressure of quick decision-making, and the strain of caring for patients who may have poor outcomes. Facing these factors day in and day out may have you feeling disengaged and detached, which is one of the first warning signs of burnout. 

Practicing self-care and mindfulness can help nurses to prevent burnout. This includes regulating one’s shift schedule as much as possible and avoiding overloaded responsibilities whenever possible. Here are some other tips that can help you prevent burnout:

  1. Develop Strong Interpersonal Relationships
    Have someone, whether at home or at work, that you can talk to about emotional distress and the balance of personal and professional pressures.
  2. Set Boundaries Between Work and Personal Life
    It may be easier said than done but when your shift ends, leave any thoughts, feelings, and grievances about work at work.  Leaving work behind will allow you to be present and mindful of your time spent at home with friends and family doing activities that you enjoy.
  3. Get Enough Sleep
    Getting enough sleep is so important when trying to avoid burnout. Even if you have to significantly adjust your sleep schedule try to fit in at least eight hours of sleep each day or night. Getting enough rest can improve your alertness, concentration, stamina, mood, and motivation.
  4. Care for Physical and Mental Health
    Maintaining a regular exercise routine coupled with a well-balanced diet can help lower your stress. It is recommended that you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, including walks during breaks at work and a scheduled workout time after shifts. This will help your body feel refreshed and give you a mental break from your work.
  5. Therapy or Assistance Programs
    Take advantage of any counseling services offered by your organization. Talk to your manager or Human Resource Department about any employee assistance programs or individual or group therapy options. You can also look for these types of services outside of work. Many counseling services now offer telehealth appointments that will allow you to speak to someone from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

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