Why We Need an Oasis

Jun 1, 2023 | Identity, Thriving

 

I’ve just returned from an open house. Not the kind with appetizers and socializing, but the kind with real estate agents, signs out front, and prospective buyers poking about. We’re downsizing now that our children are living independently and would like a home with a smaller footprint.

Physicians who are experiencing or approaching burnout are often working in settings where the vibrancy level has tipped into an entirely different realm: a work environment that is unsustainable, toxic, maybe even trauma-inducing. At the same time, they are often lacking any sort of oasis.

Human beings, including physicians, need both vibrancy and an oasis. When these are out of whack, we don’t do well for long. We can white-knuckle it for quite a while, but not forever.

What level of vibrancy level is best for you? What level is your current work environment? Do you have an oasis? Have you been there lately?

If things feel out of whack, I can help. Drop me a line.

[ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ]

Diane W. Shannon

MD, MPH, ACC

Diane Shannon is an award-winning writer, author, and coach. Since leaving practice as a primary care physician due to burnout, she has worked to support physicians in achieving their personal and professional goals and to highlight the changes needed to reduce burnout, improve career satisfaction, and protect the bidirectional healing power of the patient-physician relationship.

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