Do you ever feel overwhelmedand overworked? Do you often feel relieved on days you don’t have to work? If you do, you may be a victim of ‘burnout". Work-related stress in nursing occupations is now almost universally recognized. Working in mental health is by its nature a stressful occupation. Anyone can suffer from burnout. But, burnout can be avoided if you learn how to recognize its signs and symptoms and take steps to prevent it. We can never totally eliminate stress but we can learn how to manage it. There are many things you can do right away which will help to restore your energy, balance your emotions or inform you about burnout and stress.
The following are some stress reduction methods:
Healthy Diet. A healthy lifestyle is an essential companion to any stress-reduction program. General health and stress resistance can be enhanced by a regular exercise, a diet rich in a variety of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and by avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.
Exercise. Exercise in combination with stress
management techniques is extremely important for many
reasons: Exercise is an effective distraction from
stressful events. Employees who follow an active
lifestyle need fewer sick and disability days than
sedentary workers. And most importantly, stress itself
poses significantly less danger to overall health in the
physically active individual. The key is to find
activities that are e x c i t i n g , challenging, and
satisfying. The following are some suggestions: Sign up
for aerobics classes at a gym. Brisk walking is an
excellent aerobic exercise that is free and available to
nearly anyone. Even short brisk walks can relieve
bouts of stress. Swimming is an ideal exercise for
many people including pregnant women, individuals with
musculoskeletal problems, and those who suffer exercise
induced asthma. Yoga or Tai Chi can be very
effective, combining many of the benefits of breathing,
muscle relaxation, and meditation while toning and
stretching the muscles. The benefits of yoga may be
considerable. Numerous studies have found it beneficial
for many conditions in which stress is an important
factor, such as anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure,
and asthma. It also elevates mood and improves
concentration and ability to focus. As in other
areas of stress management, making a plan and executing
it successfully develops feelings of mastery and
control, which are very beneficial in and of themselves.
Start small. Just 10 minutes of exercise three
times a week can build a good base for novices.
Gradually build up the length of these every other-day
sessions to 30 minutes or more.
Feel Well, Be Well
Working safely is important but so is living well. We should all develop habits that allow us to live healthy full lives. Here are some wellness suggestions that may help you:
Watch what you eat
Kick the smoking habit.
Learn to manage stress and anger.
MANDT TRAINING helps create a positive mindset, as well as teach employees to handle difficult situations.
The leaders and governing body of our hospital are always aware of the need to improve safety and provide additional support to you the direct care staff member. In efforts to improve safety of both patients and staff members, in an environment of limited resources, the leadership and governing body has selected the Mandt System for implementation state wide. The Mandt System provides skills and techniques that will help more effectively support patients and staff members during crisis situations. When resources are limited we all have to work smarter so as to not work harder.
The motto of the Mandt System is “Putting People First.” This motto applies to both staff and patients. The principles of the Mandt System are simple and revolve around two key premises, one is a Relationship Based Process-its about Dignity and Respect, two is Proactive Interaction-its about prevention. With these ideas in mind the Mandt System teaches skills that can effectively prevent a crisis or diffuse most crisis situations.
The Mandt System currently is a two day training with the first day covering three relational chapters and the second day covering three technical or physical intervention chapters. Mandt believes that the first three chapters, the relational chapters, are the most important taught. Each chapter has a written test with the technical chapters also having skills checks.
The first chapter is about building healthy relationships. Relationships are the context in which work gets done. We have relationships with everyone we come in contact with and our interaction determines if the relationship will be positive or negative. This chapter provides skills for building and maintaining positive relationships with those around us. The second chapter teaches healthy communication skills. Healthy communication is the key to resolving conflict. The third chapter builds on the concepts and skills taught in chapters one and two and teach us healthy conflict resolution. This chapter provides a definition for conflict and an approach which ties conflict resolution into healthy relationship building.
The second day of training covers three technical chapters that teach physical supports in accordance with the principles of treating people with dignity and respect.
The Mandt system is a ‘Relationship Based Process’ and teaches that honesty builds trust, and trust builds healthy relationships. The course also contains several ‘eye opening’ exercises that teach the importance of teamwork in reaching common goals. The main goal of this program is simple, by taking this course, and using the skills, both we the staff of GRH-S, and our patients will be safer.