The Hidden Cost of Doing Nothing About Burnout

burnout coaching wellness May 13, 2024

I remember when I first thought about enrolling in a life coaching program. As a physician, my first thought was that perhaps it was a sign of weakness. Here I was an attending physician, who had completed her residency training and was board certified practicing medicine for over a decade. I thought I was suppossed to know it all. And while I did know a lot when it came to taking care of patients, what I realized is that my training had taught me a pattern of thinking that was very self-critical and led me to always look for what was abnormal. Abnormal pathology in patients, but also what was wrong in my own personal and professional life too.

What I realized is that coaching wasn’t a sign of weakness at all. In fact, it’s a sign of strength and leads to success. It was a way to take my life from average to great!

Physicians Need Coaches Too

Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, athletes and all successful professionals have coaches. Truly, the physician community is lagging in this regard.

We are high-achieving, high-functioning doctors who deal with life and death on a daily basis, not to mention lots of other sad things. If entrepreneurs and athletes need coaches, of course all doctors do as well. What I love is that coaching puts you back in the driver’s seat and truly turns you into the CEO of your life.

Furthermore, studies including randomized clinical trials (the best type of data out there) published in JAMA show that professional coaching for physicians makes a significant difference on reducing emotional exhaustion and burnout and improves overall well-being.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Dr. Tait Shanafelt, the guru of physician wellness, co-authored a study which was published in JAMA back in 2019. It was a randomized controlled study where they took 88 primary care physicians working at Mayo Clinic and randomly assigned them to be either in the control or intervention group. For the intervention group they gave them 6 coaching sessions with a professional life coach and compared pre and post surveys.

The results were impressive. Those in the intervention group had a nearly 20% decrease in high emotional exhaustion and 17% decrease in overall burnout. Also, quality of life and resilience scores improved in this group, too, showing that professional life coaching is an effective way to reduce emotional exhaustion and overall burnout as well as improve quality of life and resilience for physicians.

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Meanwhile the control group, who received no coaching, had an increase of nearly 10% in emotional exhaustion and 5% increase in Burnout.

What this means is that there is a cost to doing NOTHING about burnout. 

When we do nothing about it, we get more emotionally exhausted and burnt out and spiral further.

Often in this case, things that once brought us pleasure cease to be important. And no amount of rest helps us to cope with stress.

It can also have far reaching consequences. That’s why in a 2023 Medscape survey, among physicians who reported burnout:

  • 78% it had a moderate to severe impact on their life
  • 65% it was negatively impacting their relationships

Recently there was another study published in JAMA looking specifically at women physicians which also showed that coaching works especially well for women doctors.

The evidence that coaching works is compelling and with 63% of women physicians reporting burnout in 2023, I felt the need to help my sisters in healthcare provide you with a similar coaching program to what was being offered physicians at Mayo. 

How You Can Go From Surviving Burnout to Thriving in Just 4 Weeks

We created our coaching program to be just 4 weeks long because we know you want relief from burnout, overwhelm and exhaustion fast. 

The program includes 4 weeks of group coaching and 2 sessions of private coaching and weekly recordings, where I teach you strategies to address the three crucial aspects that lead to burnout - physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. And I'll show you how to get out of overwhelm too. 

Our program has truly changed lives and careers and helped healthcare professionals get out of burnout and feel like a new person. They come to us feeling so burnt out BUT leave feeling empowered and back in control of their life.

They feel empowered to:

  • Schedule their time intentionally and work more efficiently
  • Ask for what they need to do their jobs
  • Ask for and get raises and promotions
  • Improve their relationships
  • No longer turning to wine or Netflix to cope
  • Stop overworking
  • Schedule their time intentionally and work more efficiently

And the best thing one of our participants said is it not only got her out of burnout but gave her a way to combat it for good.

How amazing would it be to finally have a way to combat burnout for good so that you can finally enjoy the career you worked so hard to have? 

Grab your spot in our Thrive Rx coaching program and begin to overflow with energy just like the other healthcare professionals on the inside. 

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Goodbye, burnout. 

Hello, energy and joy!

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