Balancing Act: Serving Others and Ourselves in HealthcareSep 06, 2023
Consider this: Are you working in your practice twelve hours a day just to enjoy a couple of hours in the evening?
Are you working five or six days a week just to savour the sweetness of Sundays?
Does your calendar show 50 weeks of work to grant you two weeks of holiday in the summer?
It's not uncommon for practice owners to dedicate extensive hours to their practices, but the pursuit of work-life balance should never take a back seat.
The essence of healthcare is about helping people reclaim their quality of life, so they can savour all the experiences they desire.
- playing tennis in the evening,
- picking up the grandkids,
- tending to the garden,
- or embarking on a well-deserved holiday,
People look to your practice for guidance in achieving these goals.
Yet, it's equally crucial for healthcare practitioners to reflect on their own well-being and balance, anything other is a contradiction.
.... and living a lie doesn't work for long and create's internal conflict.
The delicate balance between serving others and yourself is a pivotal aspect of running a practice.
Here are some key considerations for healthcare professionals:
Prioritise Self-Care: Just as you encourage your patients to take care of themselves, you must do the same. Make time for physical activity, relaxation, and hobbies that rejuvenate you.
Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. This includes setting regular working hours, taking planned breaks, and ensuring time for family, friends, and yourself.
Plan for Vacations: Schedule regular vacations to rest and recharge. A well-deserved break can enhance your overall well-being and prevent burnout.
Seek Support: Don't hesitate to seek support or mentorship within your profession. It can provide valuable insights and guidance on balancing your practice and personal life.
Manage Finances Wisely: Predictability in profitability is essential for any practice. Ensure your practice is financially stable so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor while serving your patients effectively.
In conclusion, the success of a healthcare practice should not only be measured by the quality of care provided to patients but also by the well-being and satisfaction of the owner themselves and their team.
By striking a balance between serving others and self-care, practitioners can lead more fulfilling lives and make an even greater impact on the lives of those they serve.