Unfortunately, burnout is common in Social Workers due to the demands of the profession…especially after last year with the pandemic

Community Care recently posted a survey which was conducted by practitioner support charity the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust. They found that three-quarters of social workers are “emotionally and mentally exhausted” after working through the pandemic with over 70% of those surveyed stating that they had worried about their mental health during the course of the pandemic.

If you are looking for ways in which to avoid burnout in your social work role, Parker Rose have provided a list below of our tops tips:

1 – Eat, Drink and Sleep Well

Drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods are all great ways of reducing the risk of burnout. As the demands of social work can at times be heavy, remembering these three simple points will help with your overall health in your job role.

2- Self-Care

Having a great self-care routine is vital to reduce the risks of burning out in your job role. Maybe you need to take some time for yourself? Watch your favourite film? Be creative? Listen to music? Any activity that can relax you is a great way to recharge your own batteries.

3- Limits & Boundaries

Maintaining firm boundaries with colleagues, clients and even friends is important if you are feeling overwhelmed with work. Setting limits related to your own schedule can identify the ways in which you can have your own downtime. This may even include taking time off when you feel like you need to.

4-Exercise

Physical activity can release stress hormones in your body and help you to unwind. Running, working out or yoga can offer great benefits at stressful and overwhelming times.

5-Talk to Someone

Take the time to think about who you could talk to about how you are feeling. Can you talk to a colleague about this? A friend outside of work? A therapist?
Expressing to someone else about what is on your mind can help. It may also give you advice and guidance from a different perspective.

What advice would you add in order to reduce the risk of burnout?