Your Questions Answered
WHAT IS LIFE COACHING AND HOW WILL IT BENEFIT ME?
Partnering with a life coach is a unique opportunity to take an honest look at where you are in your life (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually), and with your eyes and heart wide open, looking toward the life of your dreams. You will begin the journey by getting really clear on your personal values and connecting with your most genuine self- the YOU that is courageous, confident, knowing and wise.
Life Coaching is all about being the real you, making powerful, meaningful choices, and moving with purpose into a life of fulfillment and balance.
The Bottom Line: You already have what it takes to navigate this world, but you may be needing a personal champion, a Life Coach, to remind you of your strengths, to assist you as you make your plan, and to provide some accountability so you can get "unstuck" and on with your best life.
Working with a Life Coach, you will put some new tools in your "Resiliency Toolbox" and be on your way to building a healthier and more fulfilled future.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M BURNED OUT?
Burnout has been described as the inverse of wellness. Wellness is the state of good physical, mental, and emotional health, which puts burnout on the other end of that spectrum.
Many providers are somewhere in the middle, exhibiting some or all of these signs of burnout:
* Emotional Exhaustion- feeling emotionally depleted and no longer able to give to others emotionally
* Depersonalization/Cynicism- having a distant or uncaring attitude toward patients and work
* A Low Sense of Personal Accomplishment- a tendency to negatively regard yourself and your accomplishments at work.
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms of burnout, you are at higher risk for increased clinical errors, decreased empathy for your patients, diminished patient satisfaction and reduced patient adherence to your treatment recommendations. Not to mention, you are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide. Take this Burnout Quiz to see if you are burned out and to receive a FREE Burnout Prevention Workbook.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO START DEALING WITH THE OVERWHELM?
When you are feeling overwhelmed, your body has likely engaged your sympathetic nervous system and your "fight or flight" reflex is running the show. With a flood of adrenaline and cortisol coursing through your body, your brain is literally not capable of resourcefulness or logical thinking.
First of all, DO NOT create more "TO DO's", as this serves only to stress you out further. Find things that you are already doing on a regular basis and just make simple shifts in the way you approach these things. This will serve to calm you and return you to a more centered and resourceful place.
I recommend that you start with your breathing and your listening.
BREATHE. Take the time to breathe several slow, deep breaths and fully oxygenate your brain. You will begin to think more clearly and respond more positively- avoiding hasty reactions that can get you into trouble. This is also a terrific tool for centering yourself before or after a challenging patient or interaction.
LISTEN. You already do a lot of listening, so what is so special about it? I challenge you to slow down and really LISTEN to someone today. Get curious about what they have to say, don't interject your own thoughts or opinions, and really notice what is being said and what is not being said. Do this with a colleague, a spouse, your child, or even a patient and just notice the impact both on you and the other person when you listen with the intention to really HEAR.