I found my new favorite app. It’s called ProviderResilience, and it’s free. When I saw the name, I knew it would fit right in with my brand! ProviderResilience helps mental health practitioners track levels of burnout and encourages choices that increase our resilience.
ProviderResilience has daily affirmations that it encourages you to focus on throughout your day, and it counts down to your next vacation. There’s a daily “Builders & Breakers” assessment that tracks choices you make each day that contribute to burnout, which includes questions like, “Did you go for a short walk today?”, “Did you go to work sick today?”, and “Did you eat lunch at your desk?” (And if you, like me, smugly indicate that you did not eat lunch at your desk, it then asks if you skipped lunch).
Once a week, you are prompted to complete a self-assessment of your level of exhaustion and your level of disengagement so that you can see your current level of burnout and make appropriate choices to mitigate that. Over time, you see a graph of how your burnout level has changed over time and analyze patterns that contribute to your mental health.
On a monthly basis, the app assesses your professional quality of life, including “compassion satisfaction,” burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. This is so important for mental health professionals because our jobs are incredibly high-stress, and we need to be mindful of these things in order to be our best for our clients.
I have been using this app every work day for a few weeks now, and I’ve found it really helpful. We will see if my burnout levels go down over time, but I have noticed a shift in my thinking. For example, last week I considered doing notes during lunch and remembered I would have to tell the app that I had lunch at my desk, so I took a more deliberate break. Accountability works!