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Stress and burnout is in epic proportions in the medical industry. Some of the main stressors for Doctors include: finances (money), practice management issues, unhappiness with medical industry, intense competition and patient overload. If you add to the mix stress from relationships, personal life, health and more, it becomes a recipe for epic failure.
According to a study done in 2012 by the American Stress Institute and American Psychological Association, 50% of physicians are burned out. In another study by Ceika Search out of St. Louis, MO, the results came back showing that out of the 2069 physicians surveyed, over 87% said they were stressed out or burned out. The physicians participating in this survey had a median age of 45 and an average of 13 years in practice.
The reality is that nothing is being done about stress for physicians in the medical industry. The blame for this epidemic goes even deeper than the hospitals, medical industry, insurances and government. It starts with society’s beliefs that doctors are super-humans who are here to serve us, when doctors are really just human beings, who have all the same life problems as everyone else. The second phase of this problem lies with the medical schools who do not train or teach doctors: how to run a business/medical practice, how to manage money, how to deal with competition, how to manage time and how to prevent patient overload. Medical schools also fail to teach; leadership and teamwork, how to hire employees who will fully support the doctor and their patients. They certainly don’t teach stress management or burnout prevention.
So the real question is, “Are you a victim or a survivor”? In other words, what are you doing or learning to manage stress and prevent burnout? If you want to stay in your medical practice until it’s time to retire, prevent health and relationship issues and be of service to your patients, you will have to learn skills, tools and techniques to manage stress and prevent burnout. Today, I am going to share a few tips with you for how to survive stress and burnout, but first let’s look at some of the symptoms you may be experiencing that confirm you are in victim mode and need to move into survivor mode. If you have any one or more of these symptoms, you are a victim of the stress epidemic:
Unhappy with either your career, personal life or relationships
Feeling tired, low energy or overwhelmed
Problems Sleeping, anxious, fearful, or depressed
Health problems or over weight
Doubting why you became a doctor or health care provider in the first place
Disillusioned with medical industry
Making bad decisions or not able to diagnose some of your patients
Poor productivity, making bad decisions
Difficult patients are sucking your energy
Feeling frustrated, angry or worried
Not achieving the goals you had when you first started your practice
Patient overload is too much too handle
You don’t have enough time for yourself, friends and/or family
You are not as successful as you would like to be in your business or life
Addictions to smoking, drugs, alcohol or other
If any of these symptoms sounds like you, “How is that working for you?” as Dr. Phil likes to say. Have you made any attempts to change your situation? The bad news is that there is no magic pill or magic bullet to make all your stress and problems with the healthcare system go away. The good news is that you can easily learn new skills and tools to manage stress, prevent or reverse burnout and be happy in your medical practice again. As a coach for physicians, I have been teaching these skills to my doctor for a few years and see measurable results within a few days of starting the program. Since I cannot put everything I know into this blog because it would fill several books, I would like to mention a few things that you can do to start on your road to being a happier, healthier and more successful doctor:
Self-care – Make a point to take 30 minutes to one hour each day of relaxation time for yourself. Self-care is the most important thing for managing stress. The medical industry has always emphasized putting patients first, as a result doctors do not take care of themselves. Also, make sure you are eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercising a minimum of 10 minutes a day. The CDC has stated, “90% of visits to doctors are for stress related illness”. The AMA has stated, “85% of illness is caused by stress”. Some of these statements may have stemmed from World renowned cellular biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book, “The Biology of Belief”. In his book he discussed his 15 years of research into how stress effects the mind, body, DNA and every cell and how epigenetics are impacted by stress. According to Dr. Lipton’s research 98% of illness is caused by stress you create and 2% is from epigenetically inherited stress. I have had doctors tell me that 100% of their patients are suffering from stress related illness. The lesson for doctors, is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be around to take care of your patients. “You” should be your number one priority.
If you are unhappy with your staff, income, insurance issues or anything to do with medical practice management, I highly recommend spending some money to bring in a practice management consultant, who can help you create a stress free medical practice by: firing employees who are a problem, hiring and training good employees who will free you up so you can focus on your patients, train your staff on proper ways to bill insurance and get money from patients and insurance companies, train your staff on patient care and service and much more.
Learn how to create a healthy work-life balance. Work life balance is partially a product of having healthy boundaries and partially a product of your priorities. Make sure you are spending quality time with family every day if you are married. The divorce rate is extremely high for physicians because of the long work hours. There are creative ways to free up your time from your practice so you have more time for family, friends and you. I have always enjoyed helping physicians to free up their time. Also, learn how to leave your problems at the door. Don’t bring work problems home and don’t bring your personal issues to work.
As I said earlier, I could fill several books with recommendations for how to survive stress and physician burnout. However, even if you pick only one of these three things I mentioned and start working on it today, you will see positive results in your personal life, health and medical practice. You will also be on the road to being a survivor instead of a victim of “physician burnout”.