Dealing with Burnout
Last Updated: February 13, 2019
Inadequate management of stress results in a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion, and a perpetually drained mental, physical, and spiritual state eventually results in burnout. Given that these states are in constant flux, management of burnout requires a balance by
- decreasing energy disbursed by reducing stress and/or
- increasing energy reserves through alterations in lifestyle to enable more effective rejuvenation.
As was discussed in the Resilience in Neurosurgery chapter, particular scenarios can be considered risk factors for burnout:
- Working with distressed or difficult people
- Having strong motivation to work with people but feeling hindered by administrative tasks
- Having too much responsibility
- Being a perfectionist
- Having a mismatch bet...