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Avoiding Occupational Therapy Burnout as a New OT

Posted by Brian Spence on May 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Healthcare, Allied Health, Occupational TherapyEven if you enjoy your occupational therapy job, you will likely experience burnout at some point. Unfortunately, for many people, this burnout can happen at the beginning of their career. As they are working hard to establish themselves, they find themselves overwhelmed and overworked.

Yet, there are several things those new to occupational therapy (as well as those not-so-new to it) can do to avoid experiencing burnout.

  1. Use Your Techniques on Yourself. If you are starting to feel burnt-out, or preferably before you feel burnt-out, perform a Barth Time Construction on your own life. Look at how you spend your time, including evaluating if a disproportionate amount of your time is spent focusing on work. If you find you are too focused on work, give yourself a break from work, even if it is something as simple as saying you will not fill out paperwork for an hour after you get home.

  2. Create a Schedule and Stick to ItOnce you have performed a Barth Time Construction, you may want to create a schedule for your life. Plan out when you want to eat lunch, what times during your day or week you plan to leave open for socialization, and when you want to just relax and read a book or watch television. It is important to stick to this schedule and not do paperwork while you should be eating lunch or hanging out with friends.

  3. Do Not Let Occupational Therapy Consume Your Life. While it is wonderful to love your job and to help as many people as possible, you are not helping yourself if you allow your job to crowd out everything else in your life. By planning your time accordingly, you should be able to avoid allowing therapy to take over your life. Even though it will mean making less money, avoid taking on too many clients. It may take a while to find that balance between work and your personal life, and it may require making adjustments in your schedule, but if you are patient, you will likely be able to find that balance and avoid a burnout.

If you are still looking for a job in occupational therapy, contact us. We can help you find the right job to fit your needs.


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