Burnout is rampant in the medical community, and we’re dedicated to helping physicians find tactics for preventing and treating burnout. Devoting time to a creative outlet that you are passionate about can go a long way in this regard. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to use creative outlets as a burnout prevention tool.
We work long hours, and our jobs are demanding and high-stress. Interestingly, the hours, demands and stress are only part of the equation that contributes to burnout. The perceived loss of creativity is a big factor. Devoting time to a creative outlet or passion projects outside of work can have a marked effect on your overall wellbeing and performance at work.
Finding Your Creative Outlet
What’s your creative outlet? I’d encourage you to make sure that you carve out time to devote to this outlet on a regular basis. If you don’t have an established creative outlet, it’s never too late to start something new! The only rule is that you enjoy the creative process. Creativity can’t be forced. Creativity requires experimentation and patience. If your passion grows with the experiments, you are on a great track. If you find the opposite, move on to something else.
Whether you find joy in playing an instrument, writing, cooking, or something else – pursuing creative endeavors is a great way to keep burnout at bay and reinvigorate your passion for medicine.
Helping Surgeons Create Sustainable Practices
At SurgeonMasters, our ultimate goal is to help surgeons create practices that are sustainable and lifestyle-friendly. We are a collective of like-minded surgeons offering educational resources (articles, podcasts, webinars, and local meetups) to help physicians decrease burnout and boost resilience. Contact us at Team@SurgeonMasters.com today to learn more about our wellness and burnout prevention educational offerings.