It’s nothing new that stress is rife within dentistry, and today’s dentists are under more pressure than ever before. The requirements from the legislators keep increasing in volume. Record keeping is now amounting to practically elaborate essays with an extensive amount of detail per patient being a requirement, and UK dentists are now officially being sued more often than our American colleagues. It’s enough to knock the feet out from underneath anyone!
The good news is that there are many tools available to help you not just keep your head above water, but to actually thrive in today’s challenging work environment.
A survey performed by the BDA in 2014 offers some sobering numbers; Almost half (47%) of the GDPs interviewed reported high levels of stress and low levels of life satisfaction. 44% reported low levels of happiness, and almost 60% had experienced high levels of anxiety on the day before the survey. This is in contrast to the roughly 15% of the general British population who experience stress on a daily basis.
And my question is; does it have to be like this? Do you as a dentist simply have to accept stress as an innate part of your profession? What if we could turn this around? What if we could create a new culture of happy and satisfied dentists who enjoy going to work every day? What might that take? We all have to deal with frustrations or situations we just don’t want to deal with at times, but what if that was the exception and not the norm?
This is why I created Helena Alder Coaching – where I am all about taking stressed out dentists seriously. I know coaching has tremendous value to add to stressed out dentists, simply because I have tried these tools out myself in my own practice as a private dentist, and also through seeing the benefits through my work with my clients.
At times we can reduce our stress by eliminating the actual stressor. But more importantly, how we actually perceive and respond to our stressors is even more key. This means you can take control of your inner response to the perceived outer stress.
So what are some benefits of using coaching to transform stress in dentistry?
Helps you identify your key stressors – within dentistry and/or in your personal life
Helps you recognise stress and how it shows up for you
Gives you new perspectives on how you handle stress currently and why it’s not working
Helps you reframe stress into something you can use constructively and it helps you weed out the stress that is affecting you negatively
Gives you more skills in dealing with difficult emotions
Helps you develop more resiliency and capacity to deal with any challenging situation
Helps you develop communication skills to support you interpersonally – with staff, patients and other key relationships
Gives you simple and powerful tools that will reduce your stress load
Helps you thrive and not just survive
Less exhaustion, more energy day to day
Helps you identify your strengths and core values
Supports you getting into states of flow and peak performance to give you the professional and personal life you want and deserve
Helps you be perceived as friendlier, more assertive and confident
Helps you feel more in control of your life – clinically and personally
Higher job satisfaction
Helps you (re)discover your passion for your job as a dentist!
My next article will focus on some practical tips and tools to help alleviate stress in dentistry. Stay in touch!