In honor of Mental Health Month this month, we’re talking about burnout, which is a growing mental health concern among doctors, lawyers and executives. Burnout can have serious consequences, including substance use disorder. This is because many professionals turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the feelings of strain and exhaustion caused by job fatigue.
Here are some ways you can prevent burnout today – and these techniques can help you before, during and after recovery.
- Expand your definition of self-care. Self-care is more than just good hygiene and a healthy diet, but figuring out what’s important to you and what helps you recharge your batteries. A good place to start is to find a hobby you enjoy.
- Make time for quiet time. Set your alarm a half hour earlier so you have time for a bit of inner reflection followed by planning and organizing your day. This daily practice can help you figure out a better work/life balance.
- Take 15 to meditate. Whether you meditate in the morning or during your lunch break or before bed, setting aside 15 minutes for meditation can help you distress and refocus.
- Develop a daily de-stressing ritual. It may take some trail and error, but finding a daily healthy activity that helps you relax is key to preventing burnout. Some ideas to try: a morning walk, nightly journaling, an afternoon cup of herbal tea or a 20-minute power nap.
- Live in the now. Dwelling on the past or obsessing over the future can be downright exhausting! On the other hand, learning to stay in the present can help you slow down and appreciate the beauty in your every day.
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Using alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism for burnout is a dangerous path – and one that can quickly lead to dependence. Providence Treatment prides itself on being a supportive and effective alcohol and drug rehab for professionals. To learn more, call (866) 247-3307.