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According to research by the Mayo Clinic in 2016 there were 9 strategies presented to help prevent physician burnout. One of the strategies is to provide resources to help individuals promote self-care.
As much as we don’t want to admit it, there is some responsibility that we have for fighting back against burnout. As physicians, we are taught not to ask for help and to put the needs of other before our own. Women are guiltier of this as they are also caregivers for their family members and carry the bulk of the responsibilities at home. Unless we break the cycle of putting our needs last, we are going to continue to see high rates of burnout and increased exodus from the field of medicine.
What is Self-Care?
We are conditioned to think that self-care is all about massages, yoga, meditation. It’s much more than that. It’s a commitment you make to yourself to take care of your mind, body and spirit. Self-care is as necessary as the air you breathe, so...