05 SepWhat do you do to prevent burnout?
Do you know what burnout feels like? Does it worry you that you could be affected by it?
Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? Are you trying to balance everything in your life?
- Keeping on top of the latest clinical techniques?
- Keeping the practice moving forward?
- Keeping your team motivated?
- Keeping yourself motivated?
- Keeping fit and healthy?
- Keeping your family happy and being there for those important events in your children’s life?
- Keeping on top of the finances, do you know your figures?
- Having fun?
Being a dental professional, I am fairly certain you will look at that list and there will be at least two or three areas where you could be doing better. However, we need to be moving forward in all these areas if we are to prevent burnout. Some research cites figures as high as 81% of dental professionals are affected by burnout. What we do know is it is a multifactorial situation and needs addressing. Watch out for soon to be published research on this matter by our very own Joanna Taylor at Rose and Co.
As dental professionals we spend most of our day solving others’ problems and fixing things, managing anxious patients and managing expectations. It can be extremely creative and rewarding but sometimes it can feel like everyone wants to share their problems with us. This can mean at the end of the day we return to our family and we are literally all listened out!
There are simple things we can do to prevent burnout and it is our responsibility to do this. We need to be disciplined in all these areas and acknowledge where we need to be improving.
What if all the answers are out there for us? Non of this is rocket science but despite that very few of us deal with all these issues. Where would you go to access the answers and discuss your options without feeling judged? How would it feel to have a private advisory group where you could bring these questions to the table and produce a personalised plan of action?
One thing I have learned over 25 years of being a dentist and chatting to other dentists, is that we are all having the same issues and we are not great in discussing with others . We know it’s a tough job, yes very rewarding, but it can be mentally and physically draining.
Being self-aware and recognising you can’t and don’t need to do it all alone is imperative because only you are responsible for you.
What if discussing these issues with a small group of peers would deliver the answers? What if your experiences help someone else in the group? How might that make you feel? A little less overwhelmed perhaps? A little less worried perhaps?
I know for certain you would also be less likely to be travelling in the direction of burnout.