Professional burnout can occur at any point in your career, but it’s extremely common during times of excessive stress – like an outbreak. Our employees are managing the front lines of the pandemic bravely, but we understand the anxiety that comes with it can be great. For healthy ways to cope with your feelings during this difficult time, read through our list of self-care examples recommended by Leslie K. Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and licensed psychologist with UT Physicians.
Ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed
If you are feeling stressed, chances are your ability to properly perform your job functions is impaired. We have compassion for our patients every day, so it’s okay to have some for yourself as well.
Start your day off on the right foot
Walking into work with a positive attitude, a plan for the day, and after having a good breakfast can make all the difference.
Take a break from the news and social media
Hearing about the pandemic constantly and having to deal with it at work can be too much. Make sure to unplug when you get home to prevent information overload.
Take care of your body
Try to take time throughout the day to check in with yourself. Take deep breaths, stretch, and meditate when possible.
Connect with others
Talk to your friends, coworkers, or your partner. Share your worries and how you are feeling with those around you that you trust.
Please keep in mind, experiencing high anxiety right now is a normal response to the current climate and not a sign of emotional weakness. While you may feel that taking time for yourself is difficult, it can make a big difference over time.