Self Care Tips for Healthcare Professionals to Avoid Burnout
If you’re a care practitioner, such as a nurse, chances are that you feel more emotionally drained than physically drained after a long shift leaving you at risk of burnout. That’s because, most in these fields are what’s called Empath’s. An empath is someone is who more empathic to those surrounding them than usual. These kind hearts usually know what someone wants or needs before they utter a word. And as a care practitioner, this is an added plus as tending to the needs of your patient’s is your primary goal.
However, you may not know that this is also having an effect on your own emotional body; thereby affecting your emotional wellbeing. This is why self care is critical to your overall wellbeing. When you take on the pains, fears and anguish of others and work whole-heartedly for their needs while barely taking the time to replenish yourself, you’re actually wearing down your own body at an energetic level which will leave you more drained than running a 10K marathon.
A 2015 research study published in The Journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(8): 489-495, was performed to determine if Reiki could benefit mental healthcare professional at risk of burnout. The study showed that a weekly 30-minute treatment for 6-weeks reduced burnout symptoms as well as emotional exhaustion and depersonalization symptoms and increased their sense of accomplishment at work.
This may be because Reiki can help achieve a sense of deep relaxation as well an ability to let go and release emotional issues and matters pertaining to day-to-day life. Taking this time for yourself is also a form of mindfulness and similar to meditation where the mind can detach from the stresses of the outside world.
For this reason, our center created the Burnout Program to offer self-care to care practitioners at risk of burnout. This can offer a quick relief from the day during 15-30 minute sessions during shift changes or lunch breaks.
Additionally, our Mindfulness Program is designed at offering education and tools to enable care practitioners to user these tools every day and for self-care. Studies have shown that aside from happiness and overall productivity, Mindfulness can also increase self-compassion, which in turn allows care practitioners to offer greater compassion to their patients.