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Being a physician can be very stressful. What are some things that you do to promote a healthy balance between work and your personal life?

1 Family Physician Interview Questions

By: Darby Faubion

How to Answer

Being able to balance your hectic work schedule with your personal responsibilities and goals is often difficult. Psychologists today say that having a healthy work/life balance is crucial to help prevent becoming too stressed which could result in physical complications. The interviewer wants to know that you identify with the need for having a healthy life balance.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"You're right, work can be stressful at times. I think that's true with any profession. Even though I know my patients, some personally, I try to leave work at work. I enjoy cooking and gardening and on my off time from work, I dedicate a great deal of time to those hobbies. It helps me feel productive, but not overworked."

Entry Level
Answer example

"I really enjoy being outdoors. Anything that has to do with bicycling or hiking is something I could do every day. When I'm off work, I like to spend some time each week in the outdoors. It's good exercise which helps reduce stress and anxiety and helps promote good heart health, as well."

Experienced
Answer example

"I am actually a black belt in karate. A few evenings a week I help teach a youth karate class. It is a great way to relieve stress for me and to help teach youth the importance of discipline and self-care."

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 11/26/2014
Last modified on: 12/04/2018
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