Mental Health Check: Spotting the Signs of Burnout

In travel nursing jobs, you spend every day focused on the physical and mental health of your patients, but how can you care for you? Begin with self-assessment. Be aware of what aspects of your job can get to you. Know what coping methods work best for you. There is more than one way to manage stress. While one health professional might find solace in yoga or meditation, another may prefer kickboxing or a getting lost in a good book.

Look for these signs of burnout to know when it’s time to employ your coping mechanism of choice.

Irritably. Be aware of times when you are short-tempered or impatient with colleagues, patients or others. Only you know when these feelings become unmanageable.

Lack of productivity. Not getting things done is not uncommon; you’re probably working a lot of hours. But when it goes on for a long stretch or begins to impact your career or personal life, it can be a symptom of stress, particularly if important things are left undone.

Insomnia. Having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep can be a symptom of stress. Make sleep a priority and take time to relax and unwind well before bedtime.

Clumsiness or forgetfulness. It’s not uncommon for both your physical and mental well-being to suffer when you are getting burned out on the job. Watch for this sign that you need to find stress-reduction techniques.

Depression. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression such as excessive fatigue, sadness, feelings of hopelessness or loss of interest in your regular activities, you may be depressed. Clinical depression is not something that typically responds to self-treatment, so don’t hesitate to speak to a mental health professional. Your travel nurse recruiter can provide recommendations.

Any of these symptoms can be perfectly normal, but if they go on too long or become troublesome, find a coping strategy that works for you. If that doesn’t seem to help, talk to someone about it. Your travel nursing recruiter  would be only too happy to help.

If you’re looking for a recruiter who can connect you with top nursing jobs and great career resources for travel nurses, contact the professionals at MedPro. We concern ourselves with not only finding you great jobs, but also giving you resources and support to keep you physically and mentally healthy. Call us today at 1-800-866-8108 or request more information below.

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