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Balancing life: Reduce fatigue and burnout

Posted May 29 2013 4:53pm

by Scott Kashman

Ever feel fatigue or burnout? Do you know anyone else who has felt the same?

What do you do to help offset or reduce these feelings? How do you help your colleagues do so?

What triggers this or should I ask what doesn't trigger this?

Let's give this some thought:

  • Working too many hours (stressing your body and mind physically and emotionally)
  • Working too few hours (stressing your body emotional and financially)
  • Sleeping too much
  • Sleeping too little
  • Eating too much or too much unhealthy foods/drinks
  • Eating too little or never indulging in some balanced and fun treats
  • Participating in too many non-valued activities
  • Spending too little time with family and friends
  • Exercising too little
  • Exercising too much

Of course this starts with our own self-awareness and ensuring we manage ourselves. The balance is not easy and it starts with our own assessment.

Life is a balance. What specifically are you doing to ensure you address your top priorities and reduce or minimize chance for fatigue and burnout? How are you helping your healthcare colleagues do the same?

I look forward to hearing from you so we can continue to share better practices, and take care of ourselves and our colleagues. In turn, our patients and communities all benefit.

We are always "training for life!"

Scott Kashman serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida.

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