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Help for Burnout

Helping Yourself

  • Remember you are not the only one experiencing these types of challenges and stresses
  • Talk to someone-family, friend, colleague, mentor, unit director
  • Consider letting leadership know about your concerns about burnout - maybe there are opportunities for assessment/improvement on a clinic or department level
  • Your employer may offer assistance available via targeted programs or grants - some options may include initiatives around wellness programs, coaching/career development, reducing administrative burden and Epic training

Lifestyle Considerations 

Intellectually and academically, we all know the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing or addressing stress but sometimes we can become unmotivated, especially during stressful times. If you are struggling with burnout symptoms (or trending towards this) consider the benefit of the following: 

  • Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation
    Practices to Manage Stress

    Mindfulness and Meditation Apps Recommended by Benson-Henry Institute-MGH
           Meditation Studio
           Insight Meditation Timer - with some guided relaxations
           Simply Being – guided relaxations
           Headspace – meditation and mindfulness
           Grateful - a gratitude journal – for recording appreciations

  • Minimizing use of alcohol or other substance use for coping
    Alcohol and Alcoholism
    Stress and Drinking

  • Taking time for “outside work" hobbies that bring relaxation and enjoyment

  • Getting professional help (at the Employee Assistance Program or elsewhere) if needed or you are unsure if it’s needed

  Helping a Colleague

  • Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a potential developing or existing issue with burnout
  • No need to diagnose
  • Don’t be afraid to approach a colleague to register your concern
  • Just ask “How are you doing?” if you are concerned
  • If your colleague rebukes or avoids you, at least you have tried, and it might help to plant a seed for later
  • Let your colleague know you are available to listen if they need a friend or sounding board
  • Validate your colleague’s experience, as research shows that your colleague is not alone in being a healthcare worker with stress or burnout symptoms
  • Encourage your colleague to seek help
  • Individual and systems interventions are available within Partners HealthCare and your institution and burnout is not something that anyone needs to face alone



For more information or to discuss stress and resilience concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service. 

This content was last modified on: 09/30/2019

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