If this is the case and you find yourself dreading going to work, not feeling excited about providing treatments, and not actively engaging your clients, you are likely suffering from burnout. While it can be challenging to get out of this rut, it is achievable. It will take some effort on your part, but you have the ability to reclaim your passion for your work and the industry. Instead of giving your clients a makeover, let’s give your career a makeover!
Common Causes of Burnout
Repetition and boredom are the most common factors when it comes to feeling burnt out on the job. They are most often the main cause behind a loss of motivation and enthusiasm at work. Take a look at your daily appointment calendar. Are you doing the same treatments day after day? If this is the case, and you’re not stimulated enough by the treatments you are doing you can start feeling like you’re working on an assembly line.
Many therapists who suffer from burnout have been in their current job for a while and feel like they have mastered their treatments. They have grown tired of the daily tasks associated with work, and because of that, they often slide by doing the bare minimum. This creates a vicious cycle and deepens the rut that you’re in.
External factors can also contribute to burnout. The 5,000 year old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui says that we are intimately connected with the spaces in which we live and work, and that our surroundings constantly have an impact on us whether we are aware of it or not. A workspace lacking in vibrancy and energy can have the same effect as a cold, rainy day – creating those "blah" feelings that make it hard to get through the day.
Here Are Three Easy Steps To Reclaim Your Passion
Education is a great way to fight boredom. Some clinics and spa’s have a little more down-time in winter, which means you can get an opportunity to go and learn something new; and an opportunity to new treatments to your list of skills. There are new treatments, techniques and developments coming out in our industry all the time. Learning new skills also has the added benefit of increasing your earning potential.
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