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How Mental Health Providers Like Sunita Muranjan, M.D., Avoid Burnout

Integrated Psychiatric Consultants | February 15, 2024

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Mental health providers who listen to stories of trauma, PTSD, and emotional duress from hundreds of patients each year experience burnout. Those stories of sorrow and pain begin to seep into the neurochemistry of providers no matter how high their occupational boundaries.

Experienced mental health providers often learn how to show self-compassion in small but meaningful ways every day. These self-compassion practices enable her to cope with the weight of her high empathy profession.

Dr. Sunita Muranjan said she had created a routine for herself, which she lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and is reinstating into her life.

“I had to work on figuring out time and prioritizing my time.”

Dr. Muranjan, Behavioral Health Provider at ICP

Her routine includes Jazzercise, meditation, journaling, walking and playing with her dog, and listening to audiobooks.

“I do these things to show self-compassion and prioritize myself, and also so that I can help others, smile, and stay calm in tough situations,” Dr. Muranjan added.

“Practicing this routine helps me prepare to face daily challenges with passion and dedication – solution-focused instead of problem-focused.”

Wondering what’s on Dr. Muranjan’s bookshelf? These are the books that help her stay motivated and inspire her in her day to to life as a mental health provider:

  •  Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  •  Atomic Habits by James Clear
  •  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (currently reading)

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