In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, our work demands can change dramatically and we may feel a loss of connection to our purpose with our career choice. 

Due to this, it is not unusual to experience a sense of burnout. Burnout can be experienced in the form of problems feeling insurmountable, having little energy or experiencing negative thoughts. It might even feel like your interest in people and activities is dialed down. Under these conditions you may even begin to feel resentful towards your career choice and your colleagues.

An important part of taking care of ourselves is to connect with our vocational purpose. We all have chosen this line of work, as caring professionals, for different reasons. Reconnecting to our purpose and why we chose this career path can help us get through the challenges we face during the COVID-19 crisis.

To reconnect with your purpose consider checking in with yourself. Ask yourself one or all of the questions below:

  • What drew me to this profession?

  • What gives me energy from my work?

  • What makes me proud of my work?

  • What keeps me in this career?

During this time, it can be difficult to find the positive answers to these questions.  However, by reaching out to colleagues and asking them about how they find meaning in their work, we can be reminded of our own purpose.

You have chosen a career in healthcare – it reflects the value you hold for caring for others and is an indication of your compassion. When faced with the stresses of this pandemic, it’s important to share that compassion with yourself and take a moment to appreciate how patients, clients, residents and co-workers benefit from the work you are doing.

Helping others is an antidote to burnout. If you feel that you have space, check-in with your colleagues and see how they are doing too. Together, we will get through this.

This page last updated Apr 24, 2020 5:57pm PDT