Learn 5 simple tips for health professionals who work long hours (plus some news)…
Working long hours as a health professional?
You are likely no stranger to working long hours. Whether you are an attending physician in a hospital setting, a nurse working shifts, or a pharmacist on call, there are always going to be times when you have to sacrifice your personal time for the sake of your patients.
While it is certainly noble to put your career first, it is important to remember that your health should always come first. After all, you cannot be effective in your job if you are not taking care of yourself.
It wasn’t until I experienced burnout that I realised that my work had made me sick!
Here are 5 tips to help:
1. Make sure you get enough sleep.
When you are well-rested, you will be able to think more clearly and make better decisions. This is especially important if you are working in a fast-paced environment where quick thinking is required. If possible, try to get at least 7–8 hours of sleep every night.
2. Eat healthy meals and snacks.
This will help you maintain your energy levels and avoid unhealthy cravings. If possible, pack your own meals and snacks so that you know exactly what you are eating and can control the portion sizes.
3. Take breaks when you can.
When you are feeling overwhelmed or burned out, it is important to take breaks when you can. Step away from your work station for a few minutes and take some deep breaths. Go for a walk or take a quick nap if possible.
4. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling.
Talk to a trusted colleague, friend, or family member about what’s going on. They may be able to offer some helpful advice or just provide a listening ear. It can also be helpful to seek out professional help if you feel like you’re struggling to manage your stress levels or mental health in general.
5. Start sowing the seeds to your ideal life today.
It’s never too early to start designing your work around your ideal lifestyle.
At that very moment when I was tired, angry, and wiped out in 2020, my 4-year-old son’s plea to work less was what finally inspired me to go all in.
As I still love serving as a public health physician, I continue to work part-time. But I’ve also been sowing the seeds at The Entrepreneur’s Doctor, an online business which has allowed me to scale my impact, work less, and enjoy the freedom that comes from a business that treats me well too.
Behind the scenes, something is brewing… something of value to anyone working in healthcare that’s interested in entrepreneurship.
Each week on the Tribe Talks podcast, I’ll share frameworks, strategies, and tips to help you launch and grow your own online health business.
Starting in a couple of weeks, I’ll also be hosting live weekly Zoom calls, answering your questions.
Your health business coach,
Dr Behrooz, The Entrepreneur’s Doctor
Dr Behrooz Behbod is a Harvard, Oxford, US CDC, and UK NHS trained public health physician with 25+ years of international experience across health, business, and education. As The Entrepreneur’s Doctor, Behrooz helps fellow Health Experts build and grow their online business so they can scale their impact, work less, and enjoy the freedom of doing what they love. After decades in the health service, his own burnout taught Behrooz that if we want better population health or better healthcare, we need to start with Patient Zero… fellow Health Professionals. The Entrepreneur’s Doctor is on a mission to create a healthier, happier world, by helping one fellow Health Professional at a time.
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