You counsel your patients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. Here's why you should follow your own advice.
Whether you’re a medical student, a retired physician or somewhere in between, you’ve likely experienced moments when you’ve felt overwhelmed trying to balance the demands of life and career. Left unchecked, stress can lead to burnout—and in some cases, depression. To help physicians and medical students maintain mental and physical balance, the AOA’s House of Delegates voted last year to create a physician wellness strategy. This plan will take an osteopathic approach to wellness by focusing on various dimensions of wellness, including:
You might be experiencing burnout if you:
If you experience burnout, it’s important to act. Talk with your physician if you feel depressed, and boost your spirits day-to-day by talking with trusted friends, spending time in nature, listening to music or carving out a little time for a favorite hobby.
Taking time for yourself can help boost your energy level and resilience. You can reduce burnout and recharge by: