Preventing Practitioner Burnout
Sometimes we are so focused on helping others we forget the advice that we give and become more burnt out than our clients. Although we care about helping others, it is important we remember to celebrate ourselves as well.
The majority of us experience burnout at some point and often, we don’t take care of ourselves as we should. Instead, we tell ourselves that it’s “just stress” but little do we realize that hopelessness, helplessness and apathy are signature symptoms of burnout.
What you need to remember is that you’re not alone. Most professionals experience burnout at some point in their career and being a practitioner isn’t an exception. Actually, you can take on additional stress by holding on to client stories, helping them with their own needs, and often, forget about your own. Here's some common signs you’re experiencing burnout:
Emotional Exhaustion: Feeling drained and lack energy to complete simple tasks
Reduced Performance: Having a lack of interest in completing and concentrating tasks, as well as a lack of creativity
Physical Symptoms: Experiencing headaches and stomachaches
Avoiding work responsibilities: You’re feeling cynical about your workplace, colleagues, people in general, and lack emotional investment in your work.
There’s lots of ways to take charge of your own health. It’s possible for you to find your spark and start enjoying your work again. Here are some ways to combat burnout to increase your productivity and rejuvenate your energy:
Indulge in self-care activities such as journaling, meditation, yoga or other forms of relaxing exercise
Break down big projects into small tasks to reduce being overwhelmed
Work at a reasonable pace and avoid over working
Verbalize your feelings to prevent future episodes of burnout
Become more involved with community, friends and family.
Your mental, emotional and physical health is just as important as those you help. We encourage you to take time aside everyday to rejuvenate and keep you happy. After all you help make the world a fabulous place.
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