Celebrate Small Achievements
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the big picture.
Have self-compassion, and remind yourself every day of the positive difference you are making in the lives of your patients.
Make one small change that requires minimal motivation.
For example, start by reading one paragraph of a book that has been on your "to-read" list every day, or walk to the end of the street and back.
Reach out to your peers and friends
Regularly communicate with those in your social network.
Social connectedness is one of the most helpful antidotes to burnout and stress.
Shut down electronic devices
Set boundaries around phone, computer and TV time.
Time away from screens every day can have a huge impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Don't "rescue" or "save" others
It can create a huge burden of responsibility.
Have your oxygen mask securely fastened before helping others with theirs. Taking on the role of "rescuer" or "saviour" leaves you feeling helpless, and disempowers patients.
Have one minute of mindfulness
Traditional meditation is great, but there are alternatives.
There are hundreds of ways to ground yourself and get present every day. Stare at the flame of a candle, notice your surroundings whilst walking, listen intently to your favourite song, slowly eat a piece of chocolate.