Mental Health Tip
Public Safety Personnel are no strangers to the experience of burnout, which can be characterized by feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, unappreciated, and overwhelmed. The long-lasting nature of burnout can cause a significant toll on one's health and work performance, and if left untreated, can lead to the development of serious conditions, such as clinical depression.
Burnout causes reduced energy, low motivation, increases in errors, headaches, irritability, frustration, and suspicion. Despite the highly impactful symptoms people often downgrade or dismiss what they are experiencing. This can be seen in their self-talk, such as "I'm fine," "This too will pass," "I really want to be helpful," or "I'll take a vacation and then be okay."
While not easy, it is important to recognize if you are experiencing any signs of burnout. If you are experiencing even minor signs of burnout it may be time to try and implement some prevention strategies.
Burnout Prevention Strategies:
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- Refresh your skills - be open to new ways of doing things that may boost efficiency
- Take your breaks - frequent breaks during the day help increase productivity! Clear your mind, relax or move your body, or chat with a co-worker.
- Engage and connect with those around you - this can break up the day and make your workplace feel like more than just a job.
Source: Mental Health Strategies on Health. 2021. Prevent Burnout: Strategies to help identify risks and prevent burnout yourself.