Why Doctors Are Fatigued And How To Avoid Burnout 

Many medical students and doctors are tired and fatigued, but they’re trying to ignore it. They’re working long hours and may have multiple competing priorities. If you’re a doctor, you know what I mean…hours long days, interrupted sleep, dealing with life-threatening situations, and managing deadlines to get these patients the right care. It is no surprise that doctors make up one-third of the top 10 most stressful professions. 

What is burnout?

Burnout is the state of being emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted due to prolonged stress. And it’s a serious problem for doctors, but there are ways to prevent it. Consider the following five ways to remove barriers that affect your ability to operate at peak levels, keep your passion for medicine alive, and live a healthier, happier life. 

1. Relax in the mornings.

Instead of waking up and being instantly in a hurry, spend a few minutes meditating, stretching, or reading something inspiring. These activities will help you focus your mind and body for the day ahead, and you’ll feel more energized and ready to take on anything. 

2. Incorporate healthy eating, exercise, and sleeping habits.

Eating healthily, exercising, and getting enough sleep are all important for your physical and mental health. These habits significantly impact your body and mind, so include them in your daily routine. 

3. Set boundaries.

Be realistic about the amount of time you have to complete tasks. Do not take on too many responsibilities or try to do everything yourself, and learn to say “No” to certain things.  

4. Take a break from technology.

Unplug from your laptop, cell phone, and e-mail for just a few minutes each day. Technology is a major distraction, and sometimes it can stress you even more, so take some time off your smartphone and computer. Try to spend more time with the people around you and focus on what they say instead of checking your phone every few minutes. 

5. Feed your hobbies.

Find something you enjoy that also takes your mind off work. This could be as simple as writing something, watching your favorite genre of movies, etc. You can also try new things; learning new things helps keep your brain active and can help relieve stress. 

6. Take time off.

Take a break from work once in a while. Go on vacation. Use this time off to recharge your batteries and enjoy life. This will make you feel less stressed when you return to work. 

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