How prevent or come back from dentist burnout?
Suffering from dentist burnout, you are not alone. I’ve been there and its not fun but the good news is you can com back from burnout and it can also be prevented.
Burnout Warning Signs
You can take control of your health, reduce your stress and rebuild you body. First spot the warning signs if your heading toward burnout or get honest admit you don’t feel right and start to make some changes – this may be reducing your clinical hours, having your team do more in the office, outsourcing some tasks to reduce your workload, getting counselling or taking a holiday to start with.
Why Do Dentists Get Burnout
The reason we get or got burntout is because we do not put our health and wellness first we lack self-care and don’t listen to our body and heed the warning signs and signals it is communicating with us
Self-awareness (pay attention to how your feel and what your body is telling you) is essential to make sure that we notice the signs and symptoms of long term stress and imbalance before it starts to spiral us into shut down. You need to practice self care do what is needed to look after your body and mental state, meditate, go for a walk, take a break, do less. Take a holiday, know when and how to switch off.
Don’t keep working on nights or weekends the dental office can wait.
Recovering from burnout takes time and won’t be fixed with just one evening of self-care you need to be prepared to play the long game and make self-care part of your everyday life.
2. Set your priorities.
Get clear on what’s important. What matters most to you. This might mean spending more time with family and friends and deciding which work projects to focus on and which you can set aside. This will also free up some time for more self-care.
Do the things you love, have fun, chill out kick back and let go of trying to control your dental office and be all things to all people.
3. Get some rest and sleep.
Rest is a crucial step in recovery from burnout. Yes we need sleep but we also need down time and off days.
You can’t be in top gear, always driving flat out and stay well because when an issue arises you don’t have another gear to go to and you tip over the edge into unhealthy stress. Some stress is good for us we need it to perform well but you can’t be at 100% all the time.
Being at 80% is fine you will still get good results but be able to keep something in your reserve tank for when you need it.
So slow down a bit, your feet up, turn off your phone and put things on hold.
Sleep wise I don’t think its about the hours you get but the quality of sleep. If you sleep poorly it is because your day has been too full on and sleep can’t fix that. You need to adjust what your doing an dhow you are being in your day to sleep better. But I’d recommend winding down prior to bed, doing less, switch off the TV let you body get ready for sleep and go to bed early.
4. Eat nourishing foods.
In addition to sleep, focusing on a “nourishing diet” is an important part of the process. Things that are easy to digest and full of nutrients like bone broths, soups, and plenty of healthy fats like those in avocado, coconut oil, and nuts and seeds. You can even take a vitamin and mineral supplement as long term stress will deplete you of Vitamin B, zinc, magnesium and iron.
5. Mates, Activity and Nature
Spend time with people you enjoy, engage in cardiovascular exercise, and go into nature. These activities are shown to have psychological benefits, and they seem to be some of the best options for reducing stress.
That’s why you’ll find me at the beach having a surf then catching up with friends at one of these trendy health food cafes!
Keep in mind that recovering from burnout isn’t a quick fix. It takes some time you can’t undo overnight what took you years to create. Be gentle on yourself, seek the help and support you need be willing to heal and make the changes you need to really take care of your health. You are your number one asset and its ok to put yourself first.