What’s the best way to feel renewed? Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this topic. Tim writes:
I recently attended the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Conference in Chicago. Various participants spoke to me about the challenges faced by hospice and hospital chaplains, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers, and a repeated theme was professional burnout. According to The Lancet magazine, burnout is physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion resulting from long-term involvement in emotionally-demanding situations.
It’s not only the healthcare field that faces burnout. Teachers, government workers, and police officers are among many groups that search for ways to combat exhausting professional stress and frustration. In his book, The Oath, Jeffrey Toobin speaks of even the justices of the U. S. Supreme Court becoming tired, irritated, and on edge with each other at the end of a court term.
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