31 May Physician Burnout: What Are the Signs?

No matter what profession someone is in, if they are suffering from extreme exhaustion, they won’t be able to perform at their best. But, physicians who suffer from this fatigue aren’t going to be able to form a strong relationship with their patients, and eventually the overall care will begin to decline. Not to mention the effect it will have on their practice. Recognizing the signs of burnout is important, so you know when you need to start taking action.

Here are some signs to look for:

You ignore stress. Stress happens to be one of the primary predictors of burnout, so it’s important not to ignore any feelings of extreme stress, especially if you have a high tolerance for it.

Your practice is chaotic: The more chaotic your practice is, the more susceptible to stress your staff will be. Physicians tend to take the brunt of the chaos and the stress, so it’s important that you work to change the environment, for you, your staff, and your patients.

There’s no work-life balance:  Physicians work long hours, but there has to be a balance that works for you, your family and your patients. If you are struggling with work-life balance and are constantly feeling pressure, your practice will also suffer. Work on adjusting your schedule, even if it’s a little bit at a time so you can eventually find the right balance.

Your health is suffering: You work hard to take care of your patients and keep them healthy, but what about you? If you aren’t taking care of yourself, then you won’t be able to care for your patients either. If this is the case, then everyone suffers. Start taking small steps to focus on your own health and well-being.

If you begin to recognize these signs, start working toward prioritizing wellness and creating a healthier environment and a healthier you. This will allow you to focus on what you do best: keeping your patients healthy.

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