As dental professionals, we get a lot of training on how to care for patients. But most of us get little to no training on running a business—a necessary part of working in the dental industry. In fact, it’s one of the most important parts. After all, a practice can’t stay open if it doesn’t make money.
But running a profitable dental practice is stressful. You have to manage your overhead, pay off loans (including student loans, equipment loans, practice loans, and more), and you have to care for patients day in and day out. While stress isn’t healthy, it’s inevitable. We can't avoid it completely. All we can do is manage and reduce it.
So how do you manage and reduce stress? This is a question members of the Trapped in an OP Facebook group discussed, with dozens of members sharing their top tips for managing and reducing stress. Here are some of the most common ways members manage and reduce their stress.
Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Inhale them or rub them on your skin to get the positive effects of essential oils. They’ve been used for thousands and thousands of years, and they are getting more and more popular for a reason. If you've never experienced essential oils and natural remedies, now might be the time. Do you already use essential oils and other natural remedies to reduce stress? Share your favorites in the comments!
One member said getting in the sun and soaking up Vitamin D is how she reduces stress. Take some breaks to get some sun. If you're near the beach, take some time to sit on the soft sand and watch the waves lap at the shore. If you’re landlocked and there are no beaches nearby, sit on the grass with a picnic blanket and let the sun warm your skin as you stare up at the clouds.
If soaking up the sun isn’t for you, you can still reduce stress by going for walks. Fresh air, foliage, and sounds of nature will help you think in peace and quiet as you take a leisurely stroll. Nature is an excellent natural remedy.
Do you go outside to reduce stress? What's your favorite place to go? Share it in the comments, below.
Go to a spin class, go for a run, walk, or lift weights. It’ll take your mind off stressful things in your life and the physical exertion will help you release all that pent-up stress. You don’t need to go to the gym to exercise, either. One member said they love to go kayaking whenever they feel stress coming on. Just get moving. What's your favorite exercise? Let your colleagues know in the comments.
Focus on your breath, rub some mala beads, and feel your chakras for as little as fifteen minutes. You’ll reach a place of clarity that would have seemed impossible to achieve fifteen minutes earlier. Many members cited meditation as their favorite way to reduce stress. Do you love meditating? Share your favorite tips in the comments.
Take your mind off things by picking up a book. Get lost in a story. Forget about the stresses of your dental practice for a bit. Whether you want to go to a fantasy world or read a biography of Abraham Lincoln, reading is a great escape. Do you have a favorite book? Share it in the comments.
What Do You Do to Reduce Stress?
Everyone deals with stress in their own ways. The important thing is to make sure to deal with it so it doesn’t negatively impact your physical or mental health. What do you do to reduce stress? Any of these? Or do you have different strategies? Let us know in the comments, below!
To see more ways to reduce stress and join the discussion, join the Trapped in an OP Facebook group today!