Self-Care for First Responders: Essential Strategies to Prevent Burnout and Enhance Performance

Self-Care for First Responders: Essential Strategies to Prevent Burnout and Enhance Performance
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-12-12
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To say that having to witness critical, traumatic events in people’s lives that could be a matter of life and death is stressful is probably an understatement. For the first responder profession, this is pretty much everyday life. Repeated, cumulative, and prolonged exposure to stress can result in burnout which impacts work performance. This webinar explores strategies to prevent burnout and enhance performance.

This session’s speaker is Chris Chandler Yates, who previously served the New Zealand Police and protected New Zealand’s Prime Minister as part of the security team. He is currently dedicated to mental health, self-care, recovery, and personal development to reduce burnout after experiencing this for himself.

Specifics of his presentation revolved around:

  • Defining burnout and PTSD based on the dictionary and Chris’ interpretation of burnout.
  • Chris’ journey starting from California, landing in New Zealand, working for New Zealand Police and protecting the New Zealand Prime Minister, and back to the US on a motorcycle trip to reset.
  • The high risk of suicide, surpassing line-of-duty deaths among first responders, especially police officers.
  • The importance of acceptance and self-awareness by reflecting on the physical, focus, communication, and self-care aspects of one’s life to figure out what’s going on, find out how the improve it, and facilitate personal development.
  • The elements outside of the life pyramid.
    • How physical aspects like posture affect how we show up to the world.
    • How focus impacts the direction of our life and our state.
    • How we communicate with ourselves and our self-talk influences our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions.
  • The components within the pyramid
    • The self which serves as the base of the pyramid that we must focus on and take care of before we can help and look after others.
    • Relationship, kids, and family that require time, focus, and energy or risk it crumbling.
    • Work – how people tend to spend most effort in this area.
  • An exercise to reflect on the value we place on the 5 components of the pyramid.
  • How our inability to put time into ourselves can result in resentment and how to overcome this by doing things we enjoy.
  • How taking the path of least resistance isn’t always the wisest decision and the benefits of taking on challenges to improve.
  • Seemingly “small” actions and changes to implement in our daily lives that can impact our trajectory and goals.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Distinguishing a bad day from a burnout.
  • How diet and nutrition impact our feelings and how we show up in the world.
  • Regaining and rediscovering a passion for work.
  • Focusing on positive aspects in a profession inherently inclined towards negativity.
  • Shift work challenges which lead to missing family and social events.
  • Preventing negative workplace culture from influencing us.
  • How the work environment not just the work itself contributes to burnout.
  • Separating our identity from our job.

 

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Resources and Handouts

 

Audience Comments

  • “Thank you! This was really interesting, timely, and helpful.”
  • “I thought it was really helpful to rate where I am putting my focus or lacking in putting my focus. The visualization of that helps me know where I need to adjust.”
  • “Very informative and great topic. Working with animal cruelty or animals is very similar so this was helpful.”
  • “This was an amazing webinar and covered so many important topics. Personally and professionally we can benefit from using some of these methods. I appreciate the speaker’s guidance and transparency. I look forward to participating in more sessions!”
  • “Great idea to start off the webinar with a video to really capture the audience’s attention!”

 

 


This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit in Core 4 (Officer Wellness & Mental Health Awareness) for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.

 

 


 

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