There’s no denying that dentistry is tough. Whether you’re a front office team member, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant, or a dentist, you’ve got a job that can put you under a lot of pressure. The fast-paced lifestyle of dentistry can leave any dental professional so stressed that they feel physically exhausted and emotionally drained at some point or another. It’s no surprise that, as a result, many dental professionals will feel burnt out at various points throughout their careers.
Recently in the Trapped in an OP Facebook community, one member reached out to ask other members what they think causes burnout and what their remedies are to prevent it. Here are five of the common threads that arose from the discussion.
Get Involved in Your Community
A great way to feel more fulfilled is to give back to others and get involved in your community. You could become a coach for your kid’s soccer team. You could volunteer your time at a homeless shelter. Or, you could participate in a local meetup or networking group.
Whatever you do, getting out of your normal routine and into community activities that lift you up can be a great way to fulfill yourself emotionally.
Take care of yourself mentally and physically.
Feeling physically and emotionally drained isn’t good for our well-being, and simple things like exercising or meditating can really boost our spirits. Exercise is good for you in lots of ways—it improves your mental health, physical health, and can give you that confidence you need to ensure the negativity that comes from your everyday life at the practice never gets under your skin.
Meditation also has lots of proven health benefits. It can also help you find peace and build strength to handle stress during the day.
There are so many ways to get support if you need it. You can confide in your family, friends, or join the Trapped in an OP Facebook community where you can fill your newsfeed with words of positivity and encouragement from dental professionals around the world.
If you want to get support in a more private, confidential setting, connect regularly with close friends, join a local support group, or take up private therapy.
Take up a hobby.
Lots of dental professionals like to take up a hobby to help them destress. Taking up a hobby gives you something to look forward to throughout their day. It gives you something to occupy yourself with to get your mind off the stress of your day when you get home. And it fills your free time with activities you choose to do that lift you up. For example, Elijah likes to DJ. He’s even incorporated DJing into his speaking!
If you don't know what hobby you could do, consider these two questions. What’s something you’ve always wanted to get into? What’s something you used to love to do but don’t anymore? Taking up a hobby might be the key to rejuvenating you.
Change your career.
If all else fails, you always have the option of changing your job or getting out of dentistry altogether. Many people in the Trapped in an OP Facebook community have done just that.
It doesn't matter how long you have been in dentistry. It doesn't matter how old you are. The world is full of stories of career changes that leave people more fulfilled and, often, even more successful. It’s never too late.
Are you struggling with burnout?
If you’re struggling with burnout, know that you’re not alone. Many dental professionals feel the same way. There are things you can do about it, though, and hopefully, this post gave you the solution you need.
If you’re interested in more content like this or want to surround yourself with a community of uplifting, positive, and inspirational dental professionals, join the Trapped in an OP or Dental Hub 360 Facebook groups today!