Making Time to Heal – 10 Tips to Fight Burnout

โ€œ๐™’๐™š ๐™—๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ก๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™š.โ€

Author and medical doctor Rachel Naomi Remen wrote these words about those in the medical profession. From her many years of practice, she has shared that the power to cure is limited, but the power to offer compassion and shared experience can help others to heal.

As a leader or manager, expertise cannot create the power to cure all ills. However, acknowledging the repeated crises that we continue to live through, and mourning for those whom we have never met, is open to all humans.

Believing that more is within our control leads to unrealistic expectations.

You cannot tell others how to feel or to dissociate from those emotions and expect them to function wholly. Medical personnel and those in the helping professions are being taught how to express empathy because many dissociate as a means of “self-protection.”

Researcher Christine Maslach defined three sub-factors of job burnout as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lacking a sense of personal accomplishment.

Such is the case among employees at all levels. Workers in many fields feel overwhelmed with emotional and physical exhaustion and the lack of control in their own lives.

The unrealistic expectations can come from organizations, leaders, team members, or individuals. In response, we may place too many on ourselves in trying to balance far too many demands and too few mental and physical resources.

Doing too much based on someone elseโ€™s directive, demands, or timetable without autonomy can sap our overloaded brains.

Just as burnout has different stages, recovery takes time to find what works for us.

๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป.

Try adding a little self care through:

  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Developing boundaries between work and home
  • Learning to let go of unrealistic expectations
  • Donโ€™t leave yourself too isolated or alone (social support from loved ones and friends outside of work can help)
  • Empathy and self-compassion
  • Finding something youโ€™re passionate about or that energizes you

The human in me sees that you need to receive conscious empathy as well as provide it to others. It is not in our control to cure all that is unresolved. However, it is in our control to share experience as collectively wounded people to empower ourselves and others to heal.

Make time to discover what is most meaningful and comforting to you. Take good care of yourself so you can care for others in any part of your life.