In my last post about nursing burnout, I gave some tips to regain control over your life which can help you manage stress. These can work to prevent burnout for those who are starting to feel the effects. But what if you are already in the midst of burnout and need help to recover from it?
Recovering from burnout will take more effort and may require bigger life changes to break out of the rut. Let’s take a look at what you can do to recover.
- Take a break. And not just fifteen minutes. In order to recover, you’re going to need to slow down your life. Cut back on committments, perhaps take a week off work. If that’s not enough an extended leave might be in order. You’ll need to start reflecting on what issues are causing your burnout during this time. Once you are able to recognize the cause or causes, then you can begin to fix the problem.
- Turn to family and friends. Avoid isolating yourself. Your family and friends will likely have noticed that something is bothering you and will want to help. Share your feelings and problems with them. This can have immediate effect as you’ll be able to get some things off your chest and release that stress and tension.
- Reassess your direction. Understand that burnout is your body’s way of telling you that something in your life is out of balance. Reflect on your dreams and goals. Are you moving away from important dreams, goals or values?
Once you have taken some time to identify the causes of your burnout, you will be able to move forward and make positive changes in your life and career. Here’s a list of things you’ll want to consider in order to move past burnout:
- Discuss the issues that led to your burnout with your current manager or supervisor. One of the easiest ways to beat nursing burnout is to change your work environment. Clear the air on the things get to you or interfere with your ability to do your job.
- Change your job. If there is no possiblity of changing conditions in your current job you’ll want to consider taking a job in a different unit or looking at openings in other hospitals or facilities. This might be a good time to try travel nursing. Or perhaps you could go into teaching and prepare the nurses of tomorrow.
- Change your career. If you have completely lost your passion for nursing or your life goals have changed, this may be your best option. Take what you’ve learned from your situation to help you identify what kind of career could help you reignite your passion and help you meet your goals.
Here are some resources to help you recover from burnout:
The Deeper Well - Nursing retreats offered to help combat burnout.