Self-care us becoming an often discussed topic. Think of it as a type of preventive medicine that will help you avoid burnout and prevent frustrations that clinicians often encounter. Here are three self-care tips you can act on now.
Seriously, let go of the little things. There are many aspects of running a business that doesn't require your clinical expertise. Things like confirming appointments with clients, managing billing and other administrative tasks can be outsourced to give you back time to execute on the skills that are uniquely yours. We know it can be difficult to let go of the little things, trusting someone else to do the quality job that you would do can be daunting. That's why we offer services like the Assist Clinic Partnership Program both for new clinics and existing ones. Assist can handle all the little things for you. Everything from your payroll to answering your phones, to handling your billing. We have trained specialists that can lift the administrative burden while saving you time and money. Better yet, letting go of these tasks allows you to focus on what you're trained to do, treat patients!
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Try not to overbook yourself. I know, I know, it’s so much easier said than done. Making a conscious effort not to bite off more than you can chew, will inevitably make your day run more smoothly and keep the stress at bay. InnoCare Software makes it easy, with built-in clinician capacity management tools that ensure you won't overbook yourself! Keep an eye on the clock, begin and end your sessions on time and make sure you don't sacrifice your "you" time, like lunch breaks, throughout the day. Even a few minutes between sessions will allow you the time you need to tart fresh and energized with each new client.
Part of finding "you" time is ensuring you don't skip meals. You spend a lot of time teaching clients about healthy choices and life balance, so be sure to practice what you preach and take care of yourself. Fight the temptation to stop taking breaks or to skip meals. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your busy day. Your body and your business will thank you for it!
Taking care of your health has an enormous impact on your practice. Even something as small as offering extended health benefits to your staff can have a lasting impact and builds a strong foundation for your practice. Studies show that employees with extended health coverage have a lower rate of absenteeism and higher morale overall. It’s clear that caring for your employee's health as well as your own has tangible benefits to your practice!
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