In The Throes Of Covid
Burnout, What Can We
Learn From Healthcare’s
Here are a few of the resilience secrets
By Dr. Gary R. Simonds and Dr. Wayne M. Sotile
The pandemic is taking
an unmeasurable toll
on healthcare workers.
They’re stressed, exhausted,
disillusioned, and burned out.
Some are crippled by PTSD.
Many are contemplating leaving
healthcare altogether. If you’re
one of the walking wounded—or a
leader trying to help a whole team
of them stay upright—what’s the
solution? Is there one?
The answer is no, and also yes.
Covid happened. It’s still
happening. When it’s over, there
will be other disruptions, other
sources of stress and even
trauma. That will never change.
That’s the no part. The yes part
is this: while we can’t change the
nature of healthcare, we can build
ourselves up so we are able to
walk out of storms without being
destroyed by them.
As we grapple with how to
move forward in what feels like
a war-torn landscape, we need
to study healthcare’s thrivers.
It feels strange to use the word
“thrive” alongside a tragedy like
Covid, but we don’t mean to be
insensitive. We all deserve to find
meaning, wonder, and enjoyment
in our daily lives. That includes
Here are a few of the resilience
secrets healthcare’s “thrivers”
have in common:
Thrivers grant themselves
permission for self-compassion
and self-care. This is the
first of two critical factors in
building and sustaining resilience.
You will need to normalize the
concept of self-compassion and
self-care, because many people in
healthcare wear their self-neglect
as a badge of honor. Notice what
makes you feel good or bad; what
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