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Beyond Burned Out: Simple Strategies to Pull Yourself Back From the Edge

Burnout.  After an intense year of multiple crises happening all at once, many of us are there - the emotional exhaustion and subsequent withdrawal due to higher workloads and for many institutional stress to boot.

 

It’s nice to know you’re not alone… but what do you DO about it?

 

As with anything, naming it is the first step.  Notice how you have been feeling.  You may have noticed a decrease in empathy or compassion due to a lack of energy to truly care (or at least not the way you would like to care).  Those of us in helping professions have been hit especially hard - nurses, nursing assistances, respiratory therapists, mental health therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nursing home workers, teachers, social workers, and more.  Further, many of us are finding ourselves busier than ever, with less resources at our disposal, and often at relatively low pay.  Burnout not only makes sense but seems...

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The Problem with Helping Right Now

Let’s be honest, almost all of us helper types are struggling right now - especially if we are in a helping profession.  Between the horrors some of us are witnessing first hand and the needs presented to us that we don’t have solutions for, may of us are depressed, burned out, and maybe considering another career or at least questioning if this is really what we want to do anymore.

I’m in the same boat.  While I don’t have all of the answers right now, something shifted for me this week - something I have thought about but really hadn’t embraced on a deeper level yet.  I think this “something” may be an underlying piece of why we are all struggling so much.  This something is grief.  But it’s a special type of grief related to ambiguous loss, a term coined by Dr. Pauline Boss to describe loss without the promise of anything that looks like resolution, loss without certainty.  People are coming to us with...

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