Self-care for integrative healthcare practitioners

Updated May 18, 2020

It is now more than ever crucial for healthcare providers to adopt a self-care practice. In integrative medicine, practitioners frequently prescribe self-care to their patients, but seldom implement the recommendations in their own lives. This can lead to provider burnout and compassion fatigue.

Practitioners are unique in that they are often required to work long, strenuous hours caring for patients with a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional needs. An online survey by the American Medical Association found the overall physician burnout rate was 43.9 percent in 2017. With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) calling providers to the frontlines of a global pandemic, practicing routine self-care has never been more critical for practitioners.

We at Integrative Practitioner want to support you in developing your own unique self-care practice. We will be posting weekly tips and tricks that you can use to take proper care of your body, mind, and spirit. Check back every Monday for our latest tip.

Conduct a self-assessment

Take a moment today to sit quietly and assess these pillars of wellness as they apply to your life:

  1. Physical
  2. Mental
  3. Emotional
  4. Spiritual
  5. Intellectual
  6. Social
  7. Environmental

Rank yourself on a scale of 1-5, with one being poor and five being excellent. Utilize this time for quiet, honest reflection about your physical activity, diet, stress management, environmental exposures, sleep, relationships, and spirituality, and consider what areas need to be improved.

Once a provider addresses their own health and self-care, they will be better equipped to not work with patients but set an example for self-care.

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