Mar 13 / Lynn Festa, OTR, CHT, CDWF

5 Practical Strategies to Douse Burnout

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Lynn Festa, OTR, CHT, CDWF

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Lynn Festa is an experienced occupational therapist, certified hand therapist, and coach with over 33 years of experience. After feeling disillusioned with her healthcare career in 2012, she became a coach to help professionals find fulfillment. Lynn combines her OT work with coaching, training, and guiding professionals in promoting wellness, resilience, and limiting burnout. She holds certificates in positive psychology, "the science of happiness at work," and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Lynn also coaches individuals with Sensory Processing Sensitivity and enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, and singing in her free time. 

It is no secret that burnout is a significant concern for health professionals, only made worse by the recent global pandemic. Lack of enough staff, time off, and adequate compensation continue to have a direct impact on the mental health of the healthcare provider, which in turn can have a negative effect on healthcare services on every level. While these important factors need to be addressed by hospital administrators and those in leadership positions, there are strategies that can be implemented in clinics and hospitals. These tools can help to mitigate further damage caused by the inevitable burnout experienced in the current healthcare environment. By using evidence-based principles found in positive psychology, these effective strategies can help to combat burnout and promote well-being. Here are 5 strategies for health professionals:

1. Practice Gratitude

Cultivate a habit of gratitude by reflecting on three things you're thankful for each day. This can be done in the workplace to enrich teamwork; place a whiteboard in the staff room for people to share their gratitude with other team members. This can also be done every night before bedtime to improve sleep and alleviate the stress accumulated during the day.

2. Focus on Strengths

Identify your strengths and find ways to incorporate them into your daily work. Leveraging your strengths can increase your sense of competence and fulfillment. A study by Hone et al (2015) showed that people who use their strengths are 18x more likely to be flourishing than those who do not use their strengths.

3. Practice self-compassion

Treat yourself like you would a close friend, with kindness, grace, and forgiveness. Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine to increase awareness and reduce stress. Even if it is for a minute or two, these micro-sessions can add up!

4. Prioritize Self-Care

Make self-care a nonnegotiable priority by setting aside time for activities that recharge you mentally, emotionally, and physically. This may include exercise, hobbies, relaxation techniques, or spending time in nature. Remember that self-care is not selfish – it's essential for maintaining your health and effectiveness as a healthcare professional.

5. Create Boundaries

Set clear boundaries between work and personal life to prevent burnout. Make time for activities outside of work that bring you joy and fulfillment. Use the word “no” (kindly yet firmly) as a complete sentence.

By incorporating these positive psychology strategies into your professional and personal life, you can better cope with the high demands of the healthcare environment, while cultivating greater well-being and resilience.

Hone et al (2015). Flourishing in New Zealand workers: associations with lifestyle behaviors, physical health, psychosocial, and work- related indicators. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(9), 973-983

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