Ways to Prevent Burn-Out in the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is one of the most demanding yet rewarding industries, you face serious
challenges on a daily basis and it can become difficult if you don’t manage your mental,
emotional, and physical health correctly. For a lot of us it’s common to get caught up with life
and not keep our health in mind, but it is important to stop for a moment and take care of
ourselves otherwise there could be long term consequences. Adding on the long work hours
healthcare workers usually work can be dreadful to a person’s physical, mental, and emotional
health.

Here are detailed ways in which burn out begins:

  • Emotional exhaustion: It is faced with the challenges and expectations given in their daily
    roles and it can lead to feeling exhausted. Another way is by overextending your abilities
    causing you to overlook your own needs making you feel fatigue. On stressful days most
    healthcare workers usually do not turn to others for relief because they become so numb
    or accustomed to facing their struggles everyday that it builds up stress within themselves
    and becomes an unhealthy habit.
  • Mental Exhaustion: By the use of technology and overworking your mind by all issues of
    others they work with and patients. It has been with depression, anxiety, consumption of
    alcohol and insomnia. Studies have shown though that healthcare workers are three times
    more likely to have major depression. Another issue with mental health is when
    healthcare workers experience forgetfulness, irritability, isolation, and/or overall poor
    performance due to overworking themselves or burning out.
  • A decline in Physical Health: A burnout with physical health is the most common with
    healthcare workers ironically in two ways, including neck and back pain as well as some
    severe symptoms. One way is through any heavy lifting done and all the movement done
    in a day that healthcare workers do causes long term consequences to their bodies such as
    back and neck pain. Joint pain is another common issue healthcare workers suffer from
    by working long shifts.

Ways to Prevent or Solve these Issues:

  • For Emotional Health: It is important that we know when to separate our professional and
    our personal lives because when you don’t it can affect your health and others around
    you. Balance is so important and to maintain it can be difficult for most, but not
    impossible. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, worried, anxious, any negative feeling, or
    simply had a bad day it’s important we go to someone and talk about these pressing
    matters because built-up emotions such as these can cause a bigger effect later on to
    yourself or others around you. Take the time to go for a walk, read a good book, take a
    hot bath or any hobbies you may that bring you joy. Self care is important.
  • For Mental Health: It is encouraged to take a break on days you work long shifts. It is
    important that you get a good night’s rest of 7-8 hours every night to ensure you are well
    rested to face the next day focused and prepared. Sleep plays a huge role in your mental
    health. Mediation is another form of stress relief, it helps you gather your thoughts and
    rests your worries before you face the day. Many people love medication and enjoy doing
    this technique.
  • For Physical Health: Sometimes on a busy day we overlook what a meal does to our body
    and how it affects our function for the rest of the day. We are what we eat! What we
    consume is the fuel for our bodies, just like gas is to cars. As healthcare workers
    convenience is the number one concern for us because we have so much going on and
    such little time to consume and unfortunately what is out there is mostly junk fast food.
    We need to bring more attention to the fact that a healthy diet is crucial to healthcare
    workers because of roles. A better and healthier diet provides you with a more clear mind
    and you feel physically stronger getting all the nutrients you need. Another good tip is
    doing stretches before & after heavy lifting and your day. This can help relieve you from
    any back or body pain you may feel or prevent feeling later on.
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