Repairs After Burnout.

by Dr. Jerry Reeves Member since 2014

by Dr. Jerry Reeves
Member since 2014

Physicians have some of the best jobs in the world. Many well qualified applicants to medical schools each year can’t be accommodated because we do not have enough medical schools to accept them. We are helping people live longer healthier lives.

Still, heavy demands on physicians may require needed repairs from time to time.

Well-being of healthcare professionals has five interrelated elements: purpose, social support, financial stability, sense of community, and physical health. Those thriving in at least four of these elements are four times less likely to feel burnout. With just 6% of healthcare workers thriving in all five elements of well-being, there is room for improvement.

Purpose: What matters most? Consider prioritizing what is important to you. Doing what you like to do, even for a few minutes at the beginning of the day ( and recalling Three Good Things from the day when retiring at night can be more powerful than Prozac. (

Social and Community: Who matters most? Personal caring relationships are the most valuable and value-creating resource of any society. They are regenerative.

Financial and Physical: Security. Perceptions of well-being may be determined more by “keeping up with the Joneses” stresses. The choice is yours. Attend to your health.

Experts have evaluated the root causes of burnout and have developed tools that work. Let’s check out some of these tools that experts report can reduce stress, burnout, depression and suicidal behavior. These are convenient, affordable, accessible and confidential. Keep in mind though that most web applications are abandoned after a short initial trial period. Only a minority of healthcare professionals seek treatment. Ask for help. One of the best ways to start the process of healing is to work with a psychologist.


Headspace ( is a downloadable Apple and Android smartphone app that guides users through meditation sessions that create calm and concentration to quash disturbing distractions that reduce focus on the important. It can strengthen observation without criticism and improve your compassion with yourself. It is about waking up from a life on automatic.

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. (  This online audio course taught by a Harvard professor in 24 half-hour installments engages you in understanding and managing transitions from mindlessness through cultivating a wisdom based in empathy.

UC San Diego Health Guided Audio Files ( offer free practice sessions with mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Controlled Breathing

Breathe2Relax ( is a mobile app that provides guided controlled breathing instruction through video and audio tutorials.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mood GYM ( is an online 5-week evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy program proven to decrease suicide ideation in medical interns.

Stress GYM ( is an online program developed by University of Michigan with 8 modules of step by step stress management guides to reduce worry and negative moods.

Suicide Prevention

Virtual Hope Box (  is an award-winning smartphone application designed for users and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. It contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Stay Alive ( is a suicide prevention application developed in UK that provides safety plans, breathing, and grounding exercise tutorials and online discussion forum.

With attention and effort there is hope after burnout.

The one who pursues righteousness and love finds life, bounty, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21