For those who care for others
A Mayo Clinic study published in August 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine* and reported in the New York Times indicated close to 50% of the physicians surveyed reported at least one symptom of burnout. It also found burnout is more common among physicians than workers in the U.S. as a whole, and that those in specialties on the “front lines,” such as primary care and emergency medicine, were at the greatest risk. And things are not getting any better according to reports in 2015 by Medscape and the Mayo Clinic.** This appears to be a global phenomenon.
Ready to restore?
The authors described burnout as a syndrome marked by:
- emotional exhaustion – loss of enthusiasm for work
- a low sense of accomplishment, and
- depersonalization – feelings of cynicism
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- feelings of physical and mental exhaustion
- a sense of detachment
- loss of empathy and patience
- feelings of being overwhelmed
- loss of passion for the work
- sleep that is no longer restorative
- decreased ability to function at the same level
Simply put, this end-stage stress is a combination of persistent emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, and cognitive weariness.
Do you feel it’s all slipping away?
First, take the time to make sure there is not an underlying medical condition which would explain your symptoms. Then, once you have been medically “cleared,” coaching may be just what you need.
Ways we’ll move you forward
- assess work-life balance and prioritize what is important to you
- identify your personal stress risks and triggers
- identify your stress behaviors and physical red flags
- perform an assessment to identify ways to optimize the restorative benefits of sleep
- create a self-care regimen to start on the road to recovery
- explore relaxation techniques
- explore how nutrition can be leveraged to help combat the impact of stress
- help prevent recurrent episodes
- rediscover your passion
- explore options if you decide it’s time to make a career change/transition
Ready to restore?
* Shanafelt T, Boone S, Tan L, et al. Burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance among US physicians relative to the general US population. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(18):1377-1385.
** Shanafelt T, Hasan O, Dyrbye L, et al. Changes in burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance in physicians and the general US working population. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2015; 90(12):1600-1613.