As RMT, most of us LOVE what we do every day, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges. When we constantly care for others, it can be easy to forget to care for ourselves. This newsletter focuses on all mental health for RMTs and, more specifically, burnout. Read more for tips on noticing burnout, ideas to help you reset, and more!
Establishing Burnout Awareness
Burnout is more common these days among RMTs. Balancing COVID restrictions and rules, dealing with clients, and balancing your home life is no easy task. So here are some burnout flags to be aware of. But, contrary to what you might think, some signs are easy to miss!
1. Trouble falling asleep or waking in the middle of the night with your mind racing.
If you’re waking up in a panic, you must slow down and prioritize things.
2. You find yourself constantly worrying about the future.
When you constantly worry about the future, you don’t have time to live in the present. This prevents you from thinking clearly and fully invested in your work. Not only will you always find something to worry about (because the future never arrives), but you’ll also waste a ton of energy along the way.
3. You are quick to anger or more irritable than usual.
Your patience, much like your attention span and productivity levels, often dwindles on the way to burning out.
4. You have forgotten what loving your job feels like or lost interest in it.
Stop and think about the past few weeks and months. Work isn’t always fun, but it does need to offer you joy most of the time. If yours isn’t, figure out why that is and see what you can do to change that.
Tips On Avoiding Burnout
1. Establish good self-care:
Maintain healthy habits such as exercise, nutrition, and interpersonal connections
2. Cut out social media or other time-sucking habits T.V and social media can absorb so much of our time. Try cutting it out and see if you feel better! This way, you won’t “always be on.”
3. Set healthy limits and stick to them. Overextending is a massive culprit for burnout; learn your limit and stay within it.
4. Develop a mindfulness practice. Rehearse being aware of the present moment rather than getting into thoughts about the future or past in a way that escalates tension.