Before the pandemic there were many conversations happening about the increase in burnout in healthcare and other industries.  As we are all aware the level of burnout has increased dramatically since 2020.  In 2018 burnout rates were about 22%.  Since the pandemic and the massive exodus and retirement movements, we are now ranging from 46%-65% burnout in healthcare.  

Burnout in healthcare can result from various factors, including:

1. Workload: Excessive demands, long working hours, and high patient loads.

2. Lack of Control: Limited autonomy or influence over work-related decisions.

3. Lack of Support: Inadequate resources, poor leadership, and insufficient organizational support.

4. Chaotic Work Environment: Constant changes, unclear expectations, and a fast-paced atmosphere.

5. Emotional Exhaustion: Dealing with challenging patient cases, empathy fatigue, and intense emotional situations.

6. Lack of Recognition: Feeling undervalued or unappreciated for efforts and achievements.

7. Job Insecurity: Fear of job loss or uncertainty about the future.

8. Poor Work-Life Balance: Difficulty balancing professional and personal life.

Addressing these factors through supportive policies, improved work environments, and mental health resources can help mitigate burnout.

But what if we are one of those that is already on the burnout train?  What can we do?

How do I know if I am suffering from Burnout? 

Burnout symptoms can include physical, emotional, and behavioral signs. Physically, individuals may experience fatigue, headaches, or negative changes in sleep patterns. Emotionally, there can be feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a reduced sense of accomplishment. Behavioral signs may involve increased irritability, withdrawal from responsibilities, or a decline in performance. It’s essential to recognize these symptoms and seek support or make necessary changes to prevent further impact on well-being.

Recovering from burnout involves self-care and proactive steps. Start by setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care activities, and ensuring sufficient rest. 

Consider talking to a healthcare professional or coach for support and ideas how to promote recovery. Gradually reintroduce activities you enjoy, and seek a balance between work and personal life. Take time to work on reflecting on your goals, priorities, and values. If it’s an option communicate with your employer about workload adjustments. Building a support network and practicing stress management techniques, such as mindfulness, self care – such as healing touch therapy, meditation, relaxation therapy, or massage can also contribute to recovery.

Many times it may be necessary to review your current path and discuss your options with a coach or mentor to have support and guidance to weight the pros and cons, explore your beliefs and values, review your circle of influence, and meet to further explore.   We have developed a coaching program specifically designed to help support individuals feeling symptoms of burnout, and we work on a path to recovery and prevention for the future.

Contact us today to have a discovery call to see if we can help bring that joy and purpose back to your life?