Burnout is something that we all might feel at some point during our careers.
Early on in your optometry career, you might feel the need to work hard and to pay off all of your student loans as quickly as possible.
I have heard of some new grads working 7 days a week. This has some major economic benefits; however, this can drastically take a toll on your mental well-being.
We had an opportunity to chat with Harbir Sian, OD, Founder of Highstreet EyeCare Center at Vision Expo East 2017 where Dr. Sian revealed some important tips on work-life balance early on in your career and how to avoid optometry burnout.
1) Try to incorporate your hobbies into your career
If there is something you find enjoyment in, find a way to incorporate it into your practice or your job. This is a great way to ensure you are mixing enjoyment with hardwork. This can ensure you don’t feel like work is something you dread doing.
2) Interact with your patients
One of the greatest things about this profession is that we can spend ample time with our patients. The way you interact with your patients can provide for a great source of mental relief. Whether it is learning from them, or laughing or joking with them, optometry is a health profession that affords us the opportunity to spend time talking to our patients.
Find points of conversation in the beginning of the exam that you can utilize throughout the exam to keep the day-to-day activities of work less monotonous.
3) Frame of mind
How you approach work and your day-to-day life can drastically impact your mindset. If you go into work with negative emotions, this will only compound feelings of anxiety and discontent. Find things you like about your workday and use those to generate positive feelings and something to look forward to.