Are you on the brink of job burnout?
Maybe you struggle with work/life balance. Maybe you have a heavy workload with long hours, and you’re exhausted. Or maybe you feel like you have little to no control over your work or your working environment, and it’s beating you down.
According to Karen Anderson, clinical nurse specialist for patient and family-centered care at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that stems from work — and it’s common among nurses.
Every person can benefit from a cadre of healthy coping mechanisms to assist in stopping burnout in its tracks. When you feel overwhelming exhaustion and negativity about your professional life, you can use healthy tools, resources, and tactics to help get your mind back to the right place. While you can’t control everything about your job (like your work hours, your patient load, or your coworkers), you can control your thoughts.
This 10 day challenge will provide simple, daily tips to boost your mental health and help you avoid burnout. As you join us on the challenge, try to keep an open mind. Let’s work together to find a solution to the difficulties you can control to help you feel your best.
IMPORTANT: Burnout can be a serious issue. Contact your health care or mental health provider if you have any concerns. If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call or text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. When you are in crisis, there is help available.
You are not alone. Make the call.
Every morning when I come into the office, it's usually before anyone else gets here. I send out a morning devotion to my entire staff and my co-workers as well. I title it “Take a Second". I try to send an encouraging word and a Bible verse for the day. This I hope will help someone during the day as they meditate on these words.
@TootcRN Sharing those words and letting your team know you care about them is so wonderful!
Taking care of me by getting my mind off of my work for 15 minutes 3 times today and doing some exercise!
@KdoolittleRN That's great, what are your go to exercises?
Spending 10 minutes each morning to get a light workout and deep breathing in.
@Cindy 30 plus Perfect! That's such a great way to start the day clear headed!
After 45 years as a professional nurse, I continue to be amazed at the nursing professions' resilience in a healthcare environment that stretches us to our limits. Yet, working with passion for the good of patients and the populations I serve does get overwhelming. So I appreciate younger nurses who are putting work/life balance as a central life theme. I'm looking forward to this!
@Linda TH I hope you'll find some great suggestions that work for you in this challenge!
Looking forward to being part of this. Will we get notifications via the site or email on topics or how the challenge works? Thanks all
Thank you for signing up @monica bean You will receive emails. If you would also like to receive the daily tips via text send the message healthynurse to 52886
Looking forward to connecting with other nurses. I don’t want to overshare my situation but work because of a severely toxic boss became intolerable. My hair is falling out, I have been stress eating, not sleeping and gaining weight. I’ve started a new job and am now trying to heal myself.
@Missaj714 I'm so glad to hear you've been able to get out of that toxic situation and are on the road to feeling better!
Drinking a glass of water before work everyday
@Bubbie it's always good to set yourself up for good hydration!
Challenge #1 - Walking 30 minutes a day before or after work.
@Holly Heart Nurse That's awesome! Do you listen to anything while walking or just take in the scenery?
This challenge helped me tremendously in where I am going in my career. Journalling is an amazing thing!
@Laura65 Do you free journal or use prompts?
I need to learn to slow my body down to allow time to enjoy each moment. My mind needs to join in the slower pace as well. Mind and Body need calm
@DebPrice what have you been trying lately to calm yourself?
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