The author of this article is Eric Sprey, associate editor at Physicians Practice.
Consciously choosing to have a positive outlook on life may improve your mood. It can also motivate others around you to become more positive about their jobs. Here are other strategies to relax more as a physician:
- Mentor. Balance your clinical practice with another professional pursuit, such as teaching or practice administration and/or leadership. This may help you feel more fulfilled.
- Volunteer. Developing outside interests like volunteering in the community or abroad can be a buffer to stress.
- Practice mindful meditation. This type of meditation can reduce stress, but the key is to carve out time to put it into action, even if it is just 10 minutes.
- Exercise. While it may seem a no-brainer, exercise confers multiple benefits, including stress management. Devote 30 minutes a day to some form of exercise to reach your highest level of performance.
- Become politically active. Engaging with legislative organizations can help you gain more control over laws that impact your practice.
- Have fun. Physicians need to let their hair down, especially considering the stresses associated with making life and death decisions every day.
- Network. Tools are available to help physicians derive better professional satisfaction and sustain medical practices. For example, the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed a series of knowledge-based educational modules called the AMA Steps Forward program.
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