Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to update the physician community on current evidence regarding ways individuals can combat the rise in physician burnout. More than half of US physicians are experiencing at least some degree of burnout and the incidence has increased significantly over the past decade.
Recent findings: Recent findings suggest practicing physical, mental, and emotional self-care are important factors in avoiding physician burnout. Current evidence demonstrates that physical exercise can improve mood, enhance one's ability to deal with stress, and promote high-quality sleep. New research in the field of nutritional psychiatry supports the association between diet and mental health. A recent study found that the risk of depression is lower in people who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, unprocessed grains, and low amounts of animal and dairy products. In addition, there is a growing body of evidence that practicing mindfulness meditation can help reduce the symptoms of physician burnout by reducing stress and improving physical and emotional well-being.
Summary: The implications of decreasing physician burnout are improved patient safety, job retention, monetary savings, and better patient care.