You know better than anyone the complications that come with being a health professional. Many times only the positive part is appreciated, such as seeing a patient’s recovery and receiving their gratitude, but that is not all. It is also a work that is too absorbing and in which there is seldom free time for all the activities that must be carried out. For this reason, it is common for most people to suffer from Burnout Syndrome and perhaps you are already one of its victims.
In one of its definitions it is considered as the sum of chronic stress and physical and mental exhaustion. It occurs when a person feels tired all the time and that does not allow him to carry out his personal or professional activities. The consequence is lower performance and it also impacts your quality of life.
Although some consider the Burnout Syndrome as a minor problem in reality it is not like that. When it is not taken care of in time it can cause serious pictures of depression that can even lead to suicide. That was why in the International Classification of Diseases (CIE) of the World Health Organization (WHO) is already recognized as a serious enough problem.
However, although it is present in all areas, one of those with the highest incidence is Medicine. The problem is more worrisome than you think because a doctor who is not feeling well is more likely to make mistakes. In the end, that creates a vicious circle in which everyone is affected. To prevent that from happening to you, we share some basic tips that you should apply in your daily life and thus you will reduce the chances of suffering from it.
Avoid falling into routines
If your job bores you, think about how to reverse this. Rediscover why you like what you do, acknowledge your coworkers for their valuable contributions or a job well done, take short breaks throughout the day, and spend time outside of work doing things you enjoy.
Take care of yourself just like you take care of your patients
It seems very obvious but it is not. In the case of doctors, on many occasions their love for the profession causes them to worry more about the health of their patients than about their own, which generates Burnout Syndrome. Remember that you must always maintain consistency and lead by example, so the same considerations and recommendations that you make to your patients must be implemented by yourself.
Don’t be afraid to ask for support
Although doctors take care of their patients’ health, sometimes that means neglecting their own. When faced with any problem, it is always best to ask a colleague for help.
Don’t forget about your personal life
It seems complicated that in a profession as absorbing and exhausting as that of the doctor it can be achieved, but it is not impossible. Always remember to set priorities and that in addition to work you should also give yourself and your family time.
Do physical activities frequently
The advice you repeat most frequently among your patients is that they engage in frequent physical activities. But the recommendation is not only for them because you must lead by example. Remember the positive impact that this action has to combat stress.
Sleep restores well-being and helps you protect health. Despite the complexity of the profession, try to get as much sleep as possible so that your body and mind can rest.
Take vacations when possible
It is good to work but it will always be necessary to clear the mind and body to combat stress. Remember that you have the right to take a vacation so do not miss the opportunity because that will impact your professional performance.
In these moments it can be difficult to go out for a walk through the world situation but at least use your days to rest at home and forget about your medical activities.