Work-life balance can be hard to establish when you are a busy physical therapist. Although you have a rewarding career, the demanding schedules, long hours, and mentally taxing environments can lead to burnout and ultimately harm your home life. However, an optimal balance between your professional and personal life is possible with effort and practical tips. What is the best way to maintain a work-life balance as a therapist? Here are some suggestions.
As a therapist, you understand how easy it is to become burned out as you engage in the same routine daily. State-mandated CEUs can help you grow in your career as a physical therapist, but they do little to address your needs outside of physical therapy. It may be time to enroll in an extra-curricular class that interests you. Choose anything that boosts your creativity and gives you a more diverse skillset.
Connect With Colleagues
Work does not have to feel like work, especially when there is a bond beyond the surface-level conversation. Although you must be cautious, connecting with your co-workers outside work is healthy. You can discover fun hobbies together, take a fitness class, or even meet up at the local pub for a beer. If hanging out outside of work is not possible, start a meaningful conversation with a co-worker and connect with them through dialogue that is not work-related.
Ask a Co-Worker for Help
It is common for new PTs to ask for help. But reaching out and asking for help from a co-worker is an excellent way to bond with them while learning something new. The real challenge here is working up the courage to ask. Getting help can strengthen your relationships while facilitating professional development in the clinic. It even opens doors to others’ routines and quirks.
Exercise has multiple benefits. If you haven’t already, consider a consistent fitness routine. Working out can lower stress levels, help you think quicker, concentrate better and be more creative. Even a small commitment to exercise can help you feel happier, healthier and more confident.
Take on a New Hobby
Take a break from binge-watching television and start a new hobby. There is likely to be something you enjoyed in childhood that you can revisit as an adult. Try to focus on pursuits that can help you clear your mind. It may be time to start playing a musical instrument or working with wood. The best part is that plenty of YouTube videos will instruct you for free!
Network With Accomplished Professionals
Growing and learning in your current role can help you be happy outside of work. Expand your knowledge by networking with accomplished professionals. Try these:
- Reach out on LinkedIn
- Talk with practice owners
- Attend PT-related conferences
- Attend virtual PT webinars
- Any activity that puts you in front of experts
Be inquisitive when it comes to expanding the scope of your practice. Keep up with physical therapy trends to expand your offerings and education.
Let the professional physical therapy recruiters at myPTsolutions help you find a therapy position that has the flexibility and the schedule you desire.