Healthcare burnout is real, and it’s not just experienced by physicians. Nurse Practitioners experience professional burnout too- especially when they are working long hours, in demanding settings, and without a break.
At Barton Associates, we know that NPs work hard, and many are under more stress than usual due to the effects of COVID-19. This is why for NP Week 2020, we focused largely on self care – giving away a meal service delivery kit (a way to skip the grocery store and still cook healthy meals at home!). We also asked Nurse Practitioners on social media to share how they care for themselves when things get especially busy.
Hundreds of NPs shared their answers to the question, and we loved reading their responses. Here are some of our favorites – and we hope that they will give you some ideas for ways to de-stress, too!
From yoga to swimming and walks, many NPs said they like to get moving:
Treat yo’self! Massages, face masks, and spa days were all common choices across Instagram and Facebook:
Connect with Friends & Family
Whether it’s via video chat or in-person, connecting with family and friends can be a great way to unwind:
Spend Time on a Passion
We loved hearing about these NPs’ unique hobbies! What is your activity of choice when you have the time?
Tap into Faith
When things are tough, these NPs choose to make time for faith:
Spend Time in Nature
Getting into the great outdoors, for many, was a way to rejuvenate:
Take Some Quiet Time
With many NPs working in busy medical centers, it makes sense that time alone can be a welcome respite:
Get Far, Far Away
For NPs who need to get away, a change of scenery can do wonders!
Whether it’s lots of carbs, a special desert, or retail therapy, let’s be honest – you deserve it!
There you have it – the top answers from over 200 NPs who responded on social media. Be sure to follow us there so you don’t miss an update or conversation!
Lastly, are you interested in leaving a stressful work environment for new opportunities? Locum work, for many, leads to less burnout, increased flexibility, and the opportunity to travel more.