“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today” squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day” said Pooh. AA Milne I have been flirting with mindfulness for the past 18 months. Dipping in and out of it, but never fully committing. I know that it would be good for me, just as being more active and eating more … Continue reading Mindful or Mind Full?
This is the last post that I wrote for Locum Organiser and Medical Exam Prep last year. There are 4 posts in all. They provide some newer suggestions on prevention, much of which link in with the Wheel of Wellbeing Our lives are often frenetic both at home and at work. The last person that … Continue reading Preventing Burnout Part 4 – Increasing our recharge at Home
Many of us enter medical school having been top of our year group, or at least in the top few. Some of us may never have failed an exam. We start medical school, discover that we are no longer so unique, and find ourselves amongst student peers equally intelligent and high-achieving. I remember being totally … Continue reading Fear of failure. My story
Holiday season. We are stuck in traffic at a standstill on the A303. Grey cloud and rain. Kids bickering in the back. “Daft Punk”, our holiday music blaring from the speakers in defiance to it all. We will enjoy this holiday… And then, a pause. The rain and noise stops. I notice the summer meadow … Continue reading # 3 Good Things
I don’t really like rules. It struck me in my time off from clinical practice that perhaps this was yet another reason that I have found general practice more challenging over recent years. Ever-changing guidelines playing catchup to the pace of evidence base, complex treatment algorithms such as diabetes that defies the comprehension and retention … Continue reading Playing to our strengths
Many of us will be familiar with patients who have recovered from an episode of mental ill-health, who are fearful of coming off medication or of anything that might rock the boat. There is no way that they want to go back to where they were. So what advice might we give to these patients … Continue reading Looking after ourselves: the “Wheel of Wellbeing”.
I was recently asked by a reader how I had recovered. As I started writing my response, I suddenly appreciated that I had got better. It may seem odd that this would not be obvious as I have been ‘better’ for a long time. Complete recovery though and feeling stronger as a result of what … Continue reading Recovery – 9 key things that helped me