Working in the medical field is tough. Working in a specialty field such as Rheumatology can be even more challenging.
The mental, emotional, and physical demands can take a toll on you and your staff. Your team must remain mentally and physically healthy throughout these daily trials when dealing with patients.
Below are four ways to battle burnout at your rheumatology practice.
When it comes to burnout, knowledge is power. Learn the symptoms of burnout and know yourself well enough to recognize if you are at risk.
According to Dike Drummond MD, three major symptoms of burnout are:
- Exhaustion – Physician and emotional exhaustion to the point where you feel as if you can’t keep going.
- Cynicism – You are frustrated, bothered, and feeling snarky about patients and co-workers.
- Doubt – You may notice the little voice in your head saying negative things that have you questioning your position and what you do.
While each of these things can happen on any typical day, there is a difference between a bad day and being on the verge of burnout. If you or someone at your practice consistently exhibits these symptoms, it may be time to start working on a cure.
Prioritize your responsibilities.
Build up defenses against burnout by prioritizing your obligations. Multi-tasking is essential in any rheumatology practice, but it is easy to let your ongoing responsibilities overwhelm you and contribute to burnout.
Attempt to manage and prioritize your tasks hourly, weekly, and monthly. Tackle the most critical responsibilities first – when your energy levels and focus are at their highest. Ensure your entire team is following this process as well.
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Utilize your support system.
To battle burnout, it is essential to have a solid support system surrounding you to be successful. If you have helpful and supportive people in your life, be sure to utilize them! Be willing to ask for help and confide in the people who champion you the most.
Your co-workers are the people around the most throughout the day, so this should be one of your largest support systems. If this doesn’t seem to be the case at your rheumatology practice, start organizing some team bonding days to help build those relationships.
Implement a healthy lifestyle.
Living a healthy lifestyle is vital, but it is truly beneficial when battling burnout. A healthy diet and active lifestyle are good for energy levels, combating weight gain, hormone balance, and improving sleep.
A clean diet and constant activity can help improve your mental and physical health, keeping you healthier and helping you stay engaged and invested at work. Set a good example for your staff by making healthy lifestyle choices. One idea is to consider inspiring them with a weight loss challenge in the office.
While working in the medical field can be rewarding, it is highly demanding. If you or your staff members show signs of burnout, it’s time to implement some changes. Start by following these tips and focus on healing.
After all, you cannot treat others if you do not take care of yourself and your practice first!Tags: battle burnout, burnout, healthy living, healthy living for office managers, healthy practice manager, medical office management, NORM, Staying healthy at work, Stress Reducers, tips for office managers Posted by