I am preparing my 'Energy Management for the Dental Hygienist' presentation that I will be presenting at TODS this year, on Friday, October 20th.
A part of this program is helping dental hygienists identify their energy drainers.
Identifying our energy drainers is a critical aspect of maintaining our overall well-being and productivity. These energy drainers can manifest in various forms, such as negative relationships, stressful environments, or unproductive habits. Recognizing them allows us to take proactive steps to mitigate their impact on our lives. When we pinpoint the sources of our exhaustion or frustration, we gain the power to make necessary changes, set boundaries, and allocate our time and resources more wisely. This self-awareness empowers us to prioritize activities and relationships that genuinely nourish our physical and emotional energy, ultimately leading to increased resilience, improved mental health, and a higher quality of life. In essence, identifying energy drainers is akin to decluttering our lives, enabling us to channel our energy into pursuits that align with our values and aspirations.
I have created an 'Energy Drainers Worksheet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy. The idea is to write down the things that make you feel drained and come up with a plan on how you can deal with them.
Energy drainers can be the tools in your op. Perhaps it is your worn-out hand instruments or ultrasonic inserts, an old chair or your gloves being too small. It could be the environment in which you practice. Finding your energy drainers and making necessary changes can be life/practice changing!
Thank you for your support and for reading!
Have a great week!