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Queasy Feeling - April 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A P R I L 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1 Avoid Career Burnout 3 steps to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. T here are case volumes to maintain, revenues to maximize, sur- geons to satisfy and patients to please — is it any wonder you might feel a little stressed? Here are a few things you can do to cope with the demands of your high-pressure job and avoid career burnout. Find your rhythm. Many life coaches refer to this concept as finding a work- life balance, but I like to call it finding your "rhythm." Finding your rhythm is absolute- ly essential to preventing and treating burnout. It's very difficult to simply create "time" or "balance" in your life; it's much more practical to spend your energy on creating focus, which requires emphasizing quality over quanti- ty. This takes energy and effort, but it's doable. Limit distrac- tions, be mindful of the task at hand and focus your energy on the receiver of your attention, whether that's a coworker, patient, spouse or child. When you're home, be home. That might sound unrealistic, especially if you can't avoid working at night, 1 Staffing Jeffrey M. Smith, MD

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