No matter what the job may be, if it was your dream choice or how long you’ve been there; you are not immune to stress or burnout. But, working in healthcare can really wear you down. Even working 3 days a week can seem like a lot. Constantly standing, transferring or moving heavy patients around in bed, the stress of charting accordingly, the amount of tasks and long medication lists, the phone ringing nonstop, etc. Here are some tips to help you eliminate or prevent healthcare burnout.
- Practice Self Care: Take time to moisturize your face and body, soak in a bubble bath. Get a massage or facial at least once a month if possible.
- Workout: Find an exercise that you enjoy and try to do it at least 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. (Running, yoga, weight lifting, brisk walking, zumba). You don’t necessarily need a gym membership in order to do this. Find some fun things you can do online or on YouTube. That is actually where I learned to practice yoga, all in the comfort of my own home. It will improve your health and mood while reaching your fitness goals.
- Meditate: Find gratitude for your health and the ability to care for others in their time of need. You don’t need to sit Indian style and breathe if that’s not your thing. Take a walk with your dog, sit outside and look at the clouds, or journal 3 things that you are grateful for. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes out of your day.
- Listen to Music, Sing and Dance: Music can be very therapeutic and studies show that singing or dancing can help improve your mood and overall health.
- Vacation whenever possible: traveling may not always be in your budget but unplugging for a weekend getaway can be just what you need in order to come back fresh and relaxed. Even if its a “staycation”, we do live in paradise and beautiful beaches are a car ride away.
The key is finding healthy habits and coping mechanisms to help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed after the long stressful shifts. You may not use all these tips but finding what fits best for your schedule and lifestyle is all that matters. Don’t feel guilty making time for yourself and remember you can’t pour out of an empty cup.