The demands of a high stress career can take a toll, and when you aren’t able to recharge your batteries in your time off, burnout can set in. Studies have shown that hobbies and interests away from the office can help fend off burnout and help lead to a sense of fulfillment.
So what are the signs that you might be heading down the path to burnout?
- A perpetual feeling of exhaustion, both physical and emotional
- Forgetfulness or impaired concentration
- A reduced sense of accomplishment or feeling that you your work is meaningless
- Depersonalization or developing a cynical attitude toward patients and their concerns
- Increased illness
- Depression and/or anxiety
Fighting back against burnout can be as easy as developing an interest outside the office.
Hiking, running, golf or bicycling works for many who find physical activity enjoyable helps them reduce stress. Finding an artistic outlet such as painting, photography or woodcraft works for many as well. The important thing is to find something you enjoy, and that gives you a sense of accomplishment. And then making sure you set aside the time on a regular basis to engage in your chosen activity. The time you spend unwinding will pay dividends in the long run back in the office.