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Characteristics of a Quiet Quitter

By Barbara Rubel Burnout, Mental Health No Comments
Post-pandemic work environment My focus when creating the Palette of Grief® was the physical, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, and cognitive responses from a devastating loss. The Palette of Grief® can metaphorically be applied to the current work environment because of the reactions from many employees to the losses they’ve experienced post-pandemic. They are grieving how their job has changed since before the pandemic started, and losing friends and other co-workers who…
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Do Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Impact First Responders?

By Barbara Rubel Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), Mental Health, Trauma Informed No Comments
If you are a first responder with a high ACES’s score, does that impact you in any way? Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are experiences that happen to a child anytime from birth up to their 18th birthday that can be anything from watching or experiencing abuse and violence to being in a household where members have drug or mental health issues. The three types of ACE are: Abuse Neglect Dysfunctional…
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Barbara Rubel – Essential Worker Mental Health Thought-Leader of the Year 2022

By Barbara Rubel Mental Health No Comments
Announcing the winners of the GHP Mental Health Awards Mental health has been one of the most neglected parts of global healthcare in recent years. The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a behavioral shift, with mental health and wellbeing taking center stage. Since 2019, many obstacles have been imposed on the mental well-being and health of millions of people throughout the world, and while the world navigates through new territory, the…
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Warning Signs & Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue

By Barbara Rubel Compassion Fatigue No Comments
What Is Compassion Fatigue? Compassion fatigue is a condition that impacts many professions and caregivers in trauma-informed organizations. Medical or healing professions, first responders, law enforcement, therapists, nurses, and other service providers are the most commonly affected by compassion fatigue and empathic distress. Often confused with burnout, compassion fatigue includes emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioral, religious and spiritual reactions due to helping clients, patients or victims, typically through stressful or traumatic events. Those who…
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Nurse Burnout: Risks, Causes, and Precautions for Nurses

By Barbara Rubel Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Nurse Burnout No Comments
What Is Nurse Burnout? Nurse burnout is a common occurrence marked by a loss of energy, which displays as emotional tiredness, a lack of enthusiasm, and emotions of dissatisfaction, as well as a decrease in work efficacy. Causes of Burnout in Nursing Burnout is a psychological condition that affects many nurses, especially during the COVID pandemic. It's defined by a loss of physical, emotional, and psychological energy as a result…
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Finding Meaning in Grief and Loss

By Barbara Rubel Grief No Comments
"It's a boy!" the doctor stated as he held up my newborn. He held up the second baby a few minutes later and declared, "It's another boy." It seemed like only a minute before he held up the third baby. I was filled with anticipation as he announced, "It's a male... triplets!". In reference to the television series My Three Sons, I assured him that Fred MacMurray would be proud.…
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Being Trauma Informed Builds Organizational Resilience

By Barbara Rubel Trauma Informed, Burnout, Resilience No Comments
Regardless of your field or your level of expertise, you will most probably meet someone in the workplace who is grieving or traumatized. You may know someone who has experienced vicarious trauma, traumatic events, or who is experiencing professional grief. For that matter, you may have been impacted by grief or trauma while doing your job. If you are a leader, you may be seeking resources and strategies for organizational…
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National Suicide Prevention Month

By Barbara Rubel Suicide Prevention No Comments
What would you say if I asked you if you have the tools that could prevent a suicide? While I was in the hospital waiting for my triplets to be born, my father died by suicide. I was among the 135 persons impacted by every suicide death. As the survivor of a suicide loss, my focus is now on suicide postvention and strategies to provide support after a suicide. I've…
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A Magical Way to Get Over Burnout at Work

By Barbara Rubel Burnout No Comments
Consider the power of magic to manage burnout. You can create the magic that helps you mitigate the impact of burnout at work. You may have a high workload. Your workplace may not share your values. You may have low control over your job. Yet, there is a magic formula to follow, so you can manage the daily stressors that are causing burnout. Tips to Manage Burnout at Work Magic…
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Are You Burnt Out Because of Rigid Thinking?

By Barbara Rubel Burnout No Comments
A Gap Analysis A gap analysis is a well-defined learning strategy that can help you manage being burnt out. A gap analysis is a simple tool for establishing any gaps between your strengths in managing being burnt out and your organization’s ability to assist you in putting those strengths into practice. Let’s explore the issue of rigid thinking and being burnt out. Current State Focus on your current state of…
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Work-Life Balance

By Barbara Rubel Work-Life Balance No Comments
How in the world do you achieve work-life balance when the world has changed due to the pandemic? Your assumptive world has been shattered and professional life has changed. For that matter, so has your personal life. For many, the workplace has moved to the kitchen table. For others, the hours spent in the actual workplace have increased, limiting time spent appreciating one’s nonwork life. Metaphorically, you need to navigate…
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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By Barbara Rubel Work-Life Balance No Comments
A balance between work and nonwork life is essential for job engagement. A flexible working schedule allows for more time with children. Job flexibility involves career breaks (e.g., maternity or paternity leaves). Moreover, part-time employees need flexibility in scheduling, length of work, and location. Studies show that more women request flexible work than men. Although men consider flexible working to develop their organizational commitment, women consider it a way to…
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8 Work-Life Balance Tips

By Barbara Rubel Resilience, Work-Life Balance No Comments
As you pursue work and personal interests, be mindful that work-life balance means different things to different people. Prioritize what is important. Put energy into those things that mean something to you. Here are eight simple ways to manage the stress of work-life balance: Start the day with a healthy breakfast and take a scheduled lunch, as diet management is important for your overall health. Begin work on time and…
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Compassion Fatigue vs. Burnout

By Barbara Rubel Burnout, Compassion Fatigue No Comments
As we explore the question of what is compassion fatigue, we recognize that it is not the same as burnout. Compassion fatigue and burnout are two types of stresses that bring about mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Signs of compassion fatigue are headaches, sadness, grief, avoiding working with certain people, nightmares, and changes in belief systems. They may also experience emotional disconnection from others. Symptoms can mirror post-traumatic stress disorder,…
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