The stress of working as a healthcare professional can be taxing, demanding, and at times unmanageable. Though the work is still deeply satisfying, finding strategies to keep yourself nourished and cared for may require an additional layer of focus and attention.
When burnout starts to rear its head, having these strategies in your back pocket will help you fight back.
1. Be proactive in your own well-being.
Feeling scatterbrained, rundown, and unable to make certain deadlines are tell-tale signs that you need a break. Don’t forget that you also require care. Remember to take the time you need to rest, relax, and re-charge. You will be able to offer exceptional care when you feel you are at your best.
2. Nourish your body with healing foods.
Nutrition is another form of medicine, so do your best to keep yourself healthy and nourished with the right foods. Working in healthcare can mean you are always on the go and awake at unnatural hours. Planning ahead and packing a variety of snacks and foods that can be easily carried with you throughout the day (and night) will certainly set you up for success.
3. Seek an inner calm.
At the end of a shift that may have kept you on your feet and focused on a variety of needs belonging to others, your brain may need help in slowing down. Whether you have enough energy to hit the gym, sit in silent meditation, or relax to your favorite music on the commute home, listen to what your body is telling you it needs. Trust the wisdom you know you have within.