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STRATEGIES INCLUDE HOLISTIC SELF-CARE THAT LEADS TO BETTER PHYSICAL, MENTAL HEALTH


Pederson said an easy first step is to break up the workday with “decent breaks” that include a defined lunch break.


“Everybody gets into a rhythm in their days, but I think it’s really a good idea to look at whether or not the rhythm is helping with their mental health,” she said. “Is doing all of your charts at the end of the day really good for you or should you be spacing them out?


I think people often let their practice drive them, rather than making decisions about what is right for them and what works well for them.”


Schatz said that when he meets with dentists, he explores “base fundamentals” such as whether the person is getting enough sleep, exercise and time away from the practice of dentistry that allows them to relax and rejuvenate.


“The challenge is structuring those activities in their already very busy life so they can continue to be the best doctor and perform at their greatest ability, and have a good, well-balanced life so when they do step away from dentistry they are healthy and can enjoy their second life after dentistry,” he said.


“Everybody knows what it feels like to ‘feel good,’ so the challenge is, how do you structure your life so you feel good as many days as pos- sible regardless of your age,” Schatz added.


EVERYBODY GETS INTO A RHYTHM IN THEIR DAYS, but I think it’s really a good idea to look at whether or not the rhythm is helping with their mental health … I think people often let their practice drive them, rather than making decisions about what is right for them and what works well for them.


He also recommended that dentists seek independent, third-party advice from someone who can help structure their practice and their life. It’s important to find someone who has the right qualifications and experience, and check their references to avoid being taken advantage of.


“It’s very difficult to try to do this on your own, and the way I describe it is that you’re trying to see the whole picture but you’re standing so close you can’t see it. It’s good to have someone who can help you step back and see the whole picture,” Schatz said. f


Reprinted with permission from the Oregon Dental Association. Melody Finnemore is a freelance writer for ODA and a partner in Precision Communications


EDITOR’S NOTE: As a value to members, we include articles that address the dentist as a person and not just a practitioner. The MDA offers the Voluntary Wellness Program through its Dental Well Being Foundation as a resource to help members and staff with real-life issues. Go to modwbf.org to learn how the VWP helps you focus on wellness and recovery in a confidential and professional environment. Call 314-435-1101 to talk with Rebecca Mowen.


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