Periodically take a break to get some
If you can, eat frequently but in small
Use humor to break the tension and provide
Use relaxation techniques like taking a deep
breath, holding it, and then blowing the
breath out forcefully.
Use positive self-talk.
diminishing, take a break.
Seek professional help, particularly after
handling a life-threatening occurrence, or
when you feel you are losing control and
Whether you are dealing with a co-worker, a
client, or yourself, you are responsible for recognizing
symptoms of stress and taking care of them properly
just as you would for any other health- or life-
BURNOUT. The burnout syndrome is defined
as a state of emotional exhaustion, skepticism,
irritability, and fatigue that results from persistent
stress and worry. In their desire to help meet the
needs of other people, chaplains and RPs may be
especially at risk of assuming devastating personal
stress. The best way to prevent burnout is to expect
it, to be alert to its early signs, and to act promptly in
relieving the stress.
Figure 2-2 identifies five common symptoms of
burnout. Your first step is to be aware of these
symptoms when they appear. The earlier you recognize
Figure 2-2.Symptoms of burnout.