Feeling overloaded is common in medicine; we all have multiple roles and commitments (doctor/parent/carer/home-keeper/educator/clinical supervisor/researcher/hobbies). It can be difficult not to take on additional roles for fear of affecting career opportunities or due to a genuine inability to say no (a 'people pleaser'). However, having so many roles and commitments can lead to a sensory, physical and emotional overload which, if persistent, can lead to burn out.
The initial challenge is identifying if you are overloaded and whether this is impacting on your emotional and/or physical wellbeing.
We probably all feel familiar with the warning signs and symptoms above when we should be on the hill, just before the top. When we are at the top of the hill, we are performing at our best but it only takes a small additional demand to then push us to warning signs. Using this diagram can be helpful to identify where you are and start to consider what you might need to do to get yourself back to a sustainable pace.