How Dentists Can Overcome Stress

When describing their careers and lives, it’s common for dentists to use the words “stressed” and “overwhelmed.” If this is how you’d describe your own life, it may help to know that you’re not alone. In fact, almost all dentists have elements of stress associated with their careers and of these dentists, around 25% also report feeling depressed. When considering your own stress, there are 3 key ways to help you manage it. Stressed Man

How Dentists Can Overcome Stress 

Below are three ways to help you reduce your stress and find fulfillment in your career: 

  • Know the signs of burnout – Chronic stress is a physiological, internal, biological, and chemical reaction, not simply situational stress. The symptoms of chronic stress include: 
    • Changes in appetite 
    • Changes in sleep patterns 
    • Addictive behaviors, especially with drugs and alcohol 
    • Trouble focusing or forgetfulness 
    • Lack of motivation or energy 
    • Loss of interest in hobbies 
    • Withdrawal from friends and family 
      ​​​​​​Assess your stress and consider seeking help from professionals if you’re having trouble managing it. 
  • Stop merely tolerating things – The American Dental Association finds that around 26% of dentists have a habit of blaming themselves for things beyond their control. If you have frustrations about vendors, staff, patients, or colleagues, it’s important to deal with these issues instead of tolerating or internalizing the anxiety. 
  • Accept help when you need it – Lastly, we know it can be perceived as ‘weak’ to get help when you know you need it. But this is absolutely not the case! Don’t be afraid to lean on your trusted network of people or take a vacation when you need it. 

Here at CTC National, we have helped dentists all over the country to better run their dental practices, ease stress, and find fulfillment. If you believe that you could use help with dental practice management from a dental consulting firm running your dental office more smoothly, please contact a dental consultant here at CTC National today.  

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