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  1. 1. Keeping Yourself in Sight: Maintaining Work-Life Balance MSHA Student Event Northeastern University March 28, 2009 Suzanne M. Harris, MS CCC-SLP MSHA Past President
  2. 2. Why Talk About This? <ul><li>We begin with my confession </li></ul><ul><li>And our profession’s little known secret </li></ul>
  3. 3. SLPs and Audiologists are really… <ul><li>Artists * Musicians </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists *Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Cheerleaders * Behaviorists </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers * Counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Magicians * Detectives </li></ul><ul><li>Logisticators/project managers </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborators * Visionaries </li></ul>
  4. 4. The reality is … <ul><li>Burn-out is a big problem in the professions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a spectrum of burn-out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It comes on gradually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can experience it in degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PREVENTION is the key </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Reasons for burn-out <ul><li>Lack of control over many aspects of your job </li></ul><ul><li>Unclear expectations in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Dysfunctional dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Mismatch of values </li></ul><ul><li>Poor job fit </li></ul><ul><li>High activity level- energy needs </li></ul>
  6. 6. So Why Am I Qualified to Talk About This? <ul><li>Students often make the best teachers </li></ul><ul><li>I want you to learn from my successes and mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to establish good habits early </li></ul><ul><li>Taking care of yourself makes you a better clinician- we need you to stay! </li></ul><ul><li>You can apply the same work ethic to this as you do to everything else- win/win! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reflect for a moment… <ul><li>Why are you going into this field? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your expectations about what it will be like? </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what your professional life will entail- honestly </li></ul><ul><li>WOW. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Signs of Stress <ul><li>Stress can be acute or chronic </li></ul><ul><li>Stress can be positive or negative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid heart beat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nausea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irritability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent illness </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Signs of Stress <ul><ul><li>Muscle aches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sadness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight gain or loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleep issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeling overwhelmed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procrastination </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Mind-Body Connection <ul><li>Each affects the other </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude is key in maintaining health </li></ul><ul><li>Stress can impact your immune system and health </li></ul>
  11. 11. More Secrets of the Professions <ul><li>You have a solid education, but…. </li></ul><ul><li>You may never be….. </li></ul><ul><li>So…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep breath </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. So What Can You DO? <ul><li>First, what does balanced living mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What is most important to you in your life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks to Joan Celebi for the following 10 Habits of Healthy Balanced Living; material used with her permission </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Habit #1 <ul><li>The ART of extreme self-care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get enough sleep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take care of your basic physical needs FIRST </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check in with yourself regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drink plenty of water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get light/sun every day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t give up your lunch or breaks </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Habit #1 <ul><li>Think for a moment about your basic needs-- are they being taken care of now? </li></ul><ul><li>Think about boundaries- the art of saying NO </li></ul><ul><li>Would this be in the lifeboat? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Habit #2 <ul><li>SIMPLIFY your life: How can you get things done without losing yourself? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low tech is ok </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use what is already made clinically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use collection points </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Habit #2 <ul><li>Looking at your To-DO List </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you cross off completely? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can be deferred to another time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can you downshift extra commitments? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to block time for yourself and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make time to tame your calendar/schedule </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Habit #3 <ul><li>Get HELP. Share. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What tasks can you outsource? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t need to “Do It ALL.” </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Habit #4 <ul><li>Get support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of peers, especially in CF year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good supervision is critical/partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network (MSHA membership!!!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddy up at work </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Habit #5 <ul><li>Have FUN as often as possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think of it as Vitamin F </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain your hobbies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain your friendships, esp. with non-SLPs and Auds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Work Talk Zone </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Habit #6 <ul><li>Make Time for Exercise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do what you love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it an appointment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do it with friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even a 5-10 minute walk at lunch can help you regroup </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Habit #7 <ul><li>Smile and Laugh-OFTEN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build this into your sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laughter boosts the immune system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It helps you maintain perspective too </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Habit #8 <ul><li>Be in the Moment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hang onto your passion; remember why you are here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go easy on yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be present with your client- MINDFULNESS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember that even on your worst day…. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Habit #9 <ul><li>Keep yourself in sight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be a good advocate for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop your voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honor yourself as the powerful and important person that you are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use stress management techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set goals for your self-care </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Setting Goals <ul><li>Goals should be SMART </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk: allow you to stretch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time limited </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Habit #10 <ul><li>Hold onto your hats </li></ul><ul><li>Throw perfection out the window </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain the eagle view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your resources well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid burn-out </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Closing Thoughts <ul><li>Questions and answers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you and be good to yourself! </li></ul></ul>