I was inspired to write this blog post when my friend sent me an article from KevinMD.com called “Confessions of a Burnt-Out Physician.” Having experienced burnout myself, I’m keenly aware of the toll it takes on people who are trying to do good work in the world.
Her story has stayed with me as I’ve gone on to work with other clients and companies that are having burnout concerns. Most recently, my cousin, who is a critical care nurse, told me that she didn’t have time to go to the bathroom in her entire 12-hour shift. My shock quickly faded once I realized that I had done the same thing as a busy attorney. There were many days when I didn’t eat, ate late in the day, or ignored my own personal needs in favor of billing more hours.
The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can’t attend to their basic human needs. Until larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in one's super-hectic day.
Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have 5 minutes or less:
Pick the two or three strategies that resonate most with you and try incorporating them into your day. I’d love to hear from you: What are some stress-relief strategies you use when you have 5 minutes or less?
Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP is a burnout prevention and resilience expert who helps companies and busy professionals prevent burnout and build resilience. For lots of strategies and tips to prevent burnout and find more engagement at home and at work, click here for a free copy of her e-book, Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention. Her website is www.pauladavislaack.com.