4 helpful strategies for tackling burnout

Make a start on taking on burnout and its pervasiveness in the healthcare profession
  • Burnout is a growing threat to doctors’ wellbeing.
  • Burnout is a result of unabating workplace stress and does not reflect the resilience or character of the person affected. It is not a character flaw; it is simply information about what the individual’s nervous system needs.
  • Specific strategies can help doctors reduce the impact of burnout. These include ensuring a regular restorative activity in the weekly schedule and establishing and maintaining boundaries by discussing expectations up front and calibrating them against the limits of what is possible.
  • Black Dog Institute recently launched a free Navigating Burnout program as part of its mental health service for healthcare professionals: The Essential Network.

It is tempting to think that the surge in doctors experiencing burnout is due to the added strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.