As professionals who help people every day, we are all too familiar with the measures used for preventing burnout or compassion and empathy fatigue associated with our profession. More than a year into the pandemic, mental health professionals are finding that helping others during a time of loss and uncertainty can be overwhelming. Many healthcare professionals are taking larger caseloads, working longer hours and say they are still having a tough time meeting the demand for treatment for patients.
During the COVID pandemic, we have experienced many challenges, yet there are still more challenges ahead.
It’s important to remain grounded and remind ourselves that the very attributes that we cultivate to be successful for our patients can make us vulnerable on all levels. As you practice burnout strategies, consider making these suggestions a priority for yourself or other mental health professionals: