Taking a moment to reflect on the burnout period in my nursing days I realize there are 3 phases of burnout based on my theory.
How is it that one moment I can go back to the same position and work after burnout ?
Three months after I can no longer work in this position. I worked with work related PTSD “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” and chronic pain.
The first phase was acute because I was able to go back to work.
What happens between the acute and the chronic phase of burnout?
This is where the healing phase takes place. This is a period where reflection and recharge takes place.
During this phase I took six months off and went to Italy to heal. The healing process is a component of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual restoration. The exhaustion from burnout is like losing yourself in a void.
When I recuperated in Italy, I was energetic and looked forward to work again. I feel like I gained my second wind only to realize it was only a temporary stay.
Breaking the cycle of burnout is to remove yourself from the title like a nurse working in the emergency dept. It is to build a healing team to restore yourself with meditation, therapy, journal writing and exercise.
It is to realign passion with purpose. Sometimes the passion of nursing is extinguished and replaced with another passion.
It doesn’t mean you will not go through a withdrawal phase because the void is not to know what to do next to move forward in the unknown path.
Breaking the cycle of burnout guided me to believe in my True self. I made my career and not my career made me the title.
During the healing phase there is an internal struggle for the spiritual crisis for burnout is real. The healing process takes one day at a time.
Rebuilding from burnout is to believe in your True potential. It is a stepping stone to your True purpose.