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How To Implement Stress Management Strategies

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Managing a busy dental practice is not for the faint of heart, so you need to make stress management a top priority. Now this is easier said than done, but here are some small steps to ensure you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Take breaks throughout the day. This seems like a no brainer but how many times have you worked through lunch and were surprised to find the day already over before you’d had a moment of rest?

Prioritizing small breaks (even 5 minutes) is a great place to start and stretching is the perfect opportunity to provide both a physical and mental health break.
While you’re not providing prophylaxes or suction, you are performing repetitive moments and prioritizing your physical health is important. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene offers some quick and simple stretches and breathing exercises to help you stay at the top of your game. Visit
dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com and look under the “Ergonomics” category to learn more.

Shake it off. Taylor Swift is the most popular performer at the moment and she has some surprisingly good advice. Grumpy patients, a stressed dentist, and technical difficulties are just a few of the issues that put us all in a mood. Do your best to let these irritants go, so you don’t hold onto the bad energy.

Be an example. While this sounds counterintuitive, the truth is if you encourage your team members to take care of themselves, you are more likely to support your own health on the job.

From Front Office Magazine. August 2023; 1(8):5.

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