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Treating Burnout

As a healthcare professional, we know that you don't have a lot of free time to just do whatever you want. Also, chances are, you really love your job and it's all you ever want to do every day for the rest of your life. With that, it's relatively easy to lose yourself in your job, and as a result, you're likely to experience burnout. We have two other articles about burnout, and you can check them out here. If you're reading this, you're either experiencing burnout right now as we speak, or you're trying to prepare yourself for the inevitability of burnout. Either way, we're happy to help! Some of the tips we've listed in How to Avoid Burnout may be repeated here.

Treating Burnout

With all of that being said, you can find our tips for treating burnout1 below.

Evaluate your options

Is it possible for you to take time off from your job? If not, can you lessen your workload and reduce the amount of hours you're practicing medicine? Assuming neither of those options are feasible, you can refer to our article "How to Avoid Burnout" for some more information.

Seek out support

It may feel like you're alone in experiencing burnout, but according to the National Center for Biotechnology information, over 50% of healthcare providers experience symptoms related to burnout, which is significantly higher than the population2.. It is important that you find support to help you through this experience, whether that's seeking out therapy, confiding in family and friends, or even talking about it with your supervisor or your coworkers. Chances are, if you're feeling some symptoms of burnout, people in your workplace are, as well.

Try a relaxing activity

You may have read the word "relaxing" and rolled your eyes. What I'm about to suggest may not be something you would have ever considered before, and that's okay. I encourage you to try some yoga, even if it's just for 5 or 10 minutes per day. You could also meditate or try some tai chi. All three activities are shown to lower stress levels.

Exercise

Often listed as a way to help with mental illness, exercise could also help reduce the amount of stress you're feeling as a result of your job. Not only that, but it's good for you to get your body moving and your heart pumping. Exercise also improves your mood, gives you energy, and promotes better sleep3. If you want to go to the gym but you're afraid to go alone and you want someone to go with, invite a friend!

Get some sleep

This tip might be redundant compared to some of the tips that are listed above, but sleep is so important! You need to be rested in order to be your best self, whether that's for you, your family and friends, your patients, or your boss. Sleeping might be the last thing you want to do when you feel like you're drowning in work, but it's a good way for you to clear your head and get a fresh perspective. When you're more rested, your thoughts are more likely to be clear and focused.

Practice mindfulness

This one might be silly, but we think it's mindfulness is something that everyone should practice. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on your breath and being aware of what you're feeling. In your job, this may look more like facing situations without judgment. If you approach a situation with an open mind, it's more likely that you will have a positive outcome. Weigh all of the possible outcomes, preview the routes you could take to get to those outcomes, and make your decisions from there. Burnout isn't an easy thing to combat, but reducing the amount of time you spend experiencing it is possible.