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Books to Read: Burnout and Rehabilitation Therapy

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When was the last time you asked for help? As a therapist, practice admin, or leader in the rehabilitation therapy field, it’s hard to balance patient needs and clinical processes with your own mental and emotional well-being. It’s no wonder that, more and more, rehabilitation and physical therapists are burning out.

If you’re not sure how to save yourself or your staff from the metaphorical flames, don’t worry. Help is here! The books listed below can provide a pathway for you to break cycles of stress, build a resilient team, and approach your work with renewed meaning.

For Practice Leadership

Owners, CEOs, and other leaders in rehabilitation therapy: This one’s for you! You play a crucial role in shaping the workplace culture and supporting your team’s well-being. The cost of burnout is high, so it’s especially important for decision-makers to have a thorough understanding of this issue. Learn how to lead and support a stressed-out workforce with the following books:

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For Burnt-Out Therapists

For therapists who are accustomed to providing–rather than receiving–support and guidance, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. We’ve got you. This list of books offers strategies for coping with burnout and regaining a sense of balance and fulfillment in your career:

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“The key to strengthening your biceps – and, as we’ll learn, any muscle, be it physical, cognitive, or emotional – is balancing the right amount of stress with the right amount of rest. Stress + rest = growth. This equation holds true regardless of what it is that you’re trying to grow.”

– Stulberg and Magness, Peak Performance

For Self-Reflection and Insight

Providing life-changing care can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be emotionally draining. It’s so important to pause and reflect on your personal health and reconnect with your “why.” With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of books that will inspire self-reflection and deepen your understanding of the profound impact of the healthcare field:

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“We are expected to somehow absorb our feelings and our responses to life, to banish them far from the surface of who we seem to be, because their disappearance makes it so much easier for everyone else. In medicine, it’s seen as almost mandatory.”

– Joanna Cannon, Breaking and Mending

For Eclectic Readers

This one is a little different! For physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals, there’s much to gain from exploring diverse fields like psychology, philosophy, or literature. The following books are sure to satisfy the curious reader. By broadening our perspectives and exploring new ideas, we can become more creative, innovative, and effective in our professions.

Beyond the Bookshelf: Burnout and Rehabilitation Therapy

As you explore these resources, we encourage you to consider the following questions:

Next time you’re feeling stressed, here’s our advice: Take a well-deserved break, pick up a book, and discover new ways to care for yourself, your patients, and your practice.

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Do your eyes need a break? Listening to podcasts is another great way to learn about news and opportunities in the physical therapy and rehab field. Our favorite is, of course, Therapy Matters!

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