Speaker: Ms. Sonya Dunbar
Length: 1 Hour
Description: As women, we are accustomed to wearing many hats – self-care, family, business owners, staff and friendships, to name a few. Often the pile of hats gets heavy, and some even fall, which can lead to stress and burnout.
Being overwhelmed, exhausted and tired are common themes in workplaces nationwide. High-achieving women dentists are especially maxed out, overwhelmed and pushing themselves to the brink as they try their hardest to balance work demands, pay attention to family responsibilities, honor financial obligations, stay healthy and juggle the cultural status quo. Overwhelming stress seriously threatens women in this highly specialized and demanding profession such as dentistry.
Stress and burnout leave clues such as emotional and physical exhaustion, cynicism, negativity, frustration, anger, anxiety, detachment, reduced work performance, insomnia, muscle aches and gastrointestinal upset. Therefore, dental professionals must learn how to handle stress and burnout. It starts with a mindset; the reality is you can change your work schedule, project list and team, but if you don't change your perspective, you are working in circles and will remain burnout out! Dental professionals often pour from an empty cup; you give what you don't have mentally or physically. It is essential to remember you and your dental career are only as good as your health and ability to deliver quality care.
This session gives easy-to-follow tips for coping with stress, avoiding burnout and dealing with negative self-talk, identifying negative patterns that lead to burnout and learning how to avoid them.
Participants will be able to:
- List ways to identify if they have burnout in their life.
- Discuss ways to handle unreasonable and unclear expectations.
- Identify negative self-talk and how to avoid it.
- Develop obtainable coping tools for burnout and stress.
Speaker Bio: Sonya Dunbar, RDH, MPH – the Mobile Dental Xpress, National Mobile Dental Conference and The Geriatric Toothfairy.