Advice for Medical Professionals on Avoiding Burnout

Burnout is one of the leading causes of the United States’ nursing shortage, but avoiding the stress that causes burnout is almost impossible in demanding healthcare professions. At the same time, medical professionals need to be at the top of their game to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Psych Central recently published the advice of Rachel Wagner, a sophomore nursing major at the York College of Pennsylvania, on identifying and reducing the mental and physical exhaustion of burnout. Wagner identified that male healthcare professionals under 30 who live in rural areas and tend to suppress negative emotions are at a higher risk of experiencing burnout.

She advises staying aware of your mental/emotional state and reaching out to a trusted friend, co-worker or therapist if feelings of fatigue, isolation and lack of motivation persist for two weeks or longer. Wagner also notes that just 15 minutes of “me time” per day, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or group therapy can work wonders for stress reduction and avoiding burnout.

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