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Preventing RA Burnout

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Brittany Sheppard

on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of Preventing RA Burnout

After attending this session,

1) RAs will be able to articulate the difference between stress and burnout
2) RAs will be able to identify at least three causes and three symptoms of burnout
3) RAs will be able to describe at least two ways to prevent burnout
What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress
feel overwhelmed and unable to meet demands
begin to lose interest and/or motivation
Wait...so what's stress?
Stress, by and large,
involves too much
: too many pressures that demand too much of you physically and psychologically
Feel that once they get everything under control, they'll feel better
Tend to be aware of your stress
Characterized by over-engagement
Emotions are over-reactive--you'll feel urgency and hyperactivity
Loss of energy
So, burnout is...
Burnout is about
not enough.
Being burned out means feeling empty, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring
No hope of positive change in your situations
Won't always notice burnout happening
Characterized by disengagement
Emotions are blunted
Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of motivation, ideals, & hopes
Causes of burnout
Work-related causes:
feeling like you have little or no control over your work
lack of recognition or rewards for good work
unclear or overly demanding job expectations
doing work that's monotonous or unchallenging
working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment

Signs & Symptoms of Burnout
Physical signs and symptoms:
Feeling tired and drained most of the time
Lowered immunity, feeling sick a lot
Frequent headaches, back pain, muscle aches
Change in appetite or sleep habits
Preventing Burnout
Start the day with a relaxing ritual
Adopt healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping habits
Set boundaries
Take a daily break from technology
Nourish your creative side
Learn how to manage stress
Revisit your goals
Rediscover your intrinsic motivation
Preventing RA Burnout
Learning Outcomes
Lifestyle Causes of Burnout:
Working too much, without enough time for relaxing and socializing
Being expected to be too many things to too many people
Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others
Not getting enough sleep
Lack of close, supportive relationships
Causes of burnout
Causes of Burnout
Personality traits can contribute to burnout:

Perfectionist tendencies
Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
The need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others
High-achieving, type A personality
Signs & Symptoms of Burnout
Emotional signs and symptoms:
Sense of failure and self-doubt
Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated
Detachment, feeling alone in the world
Loss of motivation
Increasing cynical and negative outlook
Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment
Signs & Symptoms of Burnout
Behavioral signs & symptoms:
Withdrawing from responsibilities
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope
Taking out your frustration on others
Skipping work or coming in later and leaving early
Winter 2014 RA Training
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