Today I read about Olympic athletes opening up about the relentless pressures of performing to their max and the mental health problems such as performance anxiety and depression as a result.
I don't mean to compare OTs with Olympic athletes, but I know that some OTs work in very stressful environments, are expected to deal with a huge workload, perform too long beyond healthy limits, meanwhile trying to satisfy their clients and most likely their manager too.
The question is: are you satisfied yourself? How long are you able to perform at this level? How long do you want to perform at this level? What do you need right now to stay happy and healthy? How do you prefer to work? How can you align your work with your values and life view? How can you make this happen?
Sometimes we need to step back, take a breath and be honest with ourselves. When was the last time you checked in with your dreams in life?
It can be a challenging process to re-consider your career. I know. In between travelling, working abroad, moving from The Netherlands to Ireland, I have had two careers: as a primary teacher and an OT.
Now I'm combining private OT practice with being an OT Life Coach for people with Neurodiversity and for Healthcare Workers/OTs, as well as being a mentor for OTs who wish to use coaching as an OT intervention. And I'm loving it!
All I can say is: be brave and ask the questions. Be honest and if you like to get honest support from a 'neutral person'... consider being coached to find your way! 'You're worth it!'