Read the open letter to EAPs/PAPs
Physician burnout is a syndrome that has to potential to impact doctors in any specialty, in any treatment setting. Burnout can originate from work-related stress, and remains a significant topic today particularly during the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Left uncontrolled, occupational stress has the potential for negative consequences in an individual’s life, outside of work, beyond their chosen occupation even outside of work. There are a few resources one can take to mitigate the risk and symptoms of occupational stress and burnout. By actively taking well-being into consideration, individuals can improve their quality of life, find work-life balance, and reduce the negative impact of occupational stress.
The American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that “self-care is an important behavior that physicians in your practice can use to reduce their individual stress levels and prevent burnout. Some self-care interventions include meditation, actively managing health sleeping and eating habits, participating in a regular exercise routine, engaging in hobbies, or taking mini-breaks throughout the day in a quiet space to decompress.” With the resources below, one can learn ways to cope with stress and build efficacious defenses against burnout.