I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
You may not be suffering from any chronic stress right now. You experience stress but assume it’s at the same level as most people, and you handle it easily. What you need to ask yourself is this:
Are the problems in your life putting you at risk of going from a normal stress level to full-blown burnout?
Burnout and stress are related. Chronic stress, always having to deal with stressful situations and problems, can lead to burnout. On the other hand, regular doses of stress are actually good for you.
It’s a way your body protects you. The stress response is tied to your fight-or-flight instinct. All your senses become fully aware if you must battle a threat or run in the opposite direction very quickly.
Burnout results from experiencing that situation constantly. Your mind, body, and/or emotions are relentlessly being hammered to the point that they give up.
They simply can’t take anymore. Even the strongest-willed person can suffer seriously from an endless barrage of stress to the point that some part of you shuts down.
Am I at risk for burnout?
First, you need to ask yourself if you love your job. If you do, you likely don’t have an issue. When you wake each morning and can’t wait to get to work, your stress isn’t unbearable. It’s a sign that no chronic stress awaits you to clock in and get to work.
What do you do most of the time if you don’t work? Does that cause you a lot of stress? Again, if stress isn’t a constant companion, you probably don’t have to worry.
Burnout comes from a consistent and relentless delivery of stress.
Whether it’s on the job, at home, or anywhere else, it’s stress that you can’t escape. It’s right in your face and gets you to the point where you feel like you will explode.
Some jobs are more stressful than others. Yahoo Finance reports that the following occupations are more likely to lead to burnout than others.
- Fast food worker
- Social worker
- Air traffic controller
- Construction worker
- Certified public accountant
- Emergency medical technician
If you don’t work any of those jobs, that doesn’t mean you’re not at risk for burnout. Frequently experiencing stress is never a good thing. Consult a mental health professional if you feel stress is too big of a part of your life.
Once you’ve decided that you want to leave your current job to start your practice, you need an exit plan. Check out our blog post herefor tips on developing an exit plan and starting your new independent practice.
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