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Wounded healers : what makes us so vulnerable to mental ill-health?

I haven't written on here for a long time for a myriad of reasons but I hope that this post that I wrote for NASGP and which has had a lot of comments and interest will be the start of many more... You may have seen Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC show “Doctors’ mental health at tipping … Continue reading Wounded healers : what makes us so vulnerable to mental ill-health?

The importance of unplugging and why you should become a Digital Rebel.

“Mummy, you’re not listening” my son says. “Mmmm. Sorry, I have just got to reply to this e-mail and I’ll be right with you…” Only I get side-tracked and the next thing I know, I am checking the WhatsApp and Facebook notifications on my phone. An argument breaks out at top volume around me. Sound … Continue reading The importance of unplugging and why you should become a Digital Rebel.

Could life be sweeter with less sugar?

I know this may seem a little unrelated to burnout, but given what we eat links to our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health, this feels relevant to post here too. Ever had that feeling that you really need to eat? Where you feel lightheaded and shaky? This happened to me recently on … Continue reading Could life be sweeter with less sugar?

Giles P Croft Interview: “Do more of what you like and less of what you don’t”

When I had my break from medicine almost 2 years ago, I had no idea what I could do as a career if I chose not to return to clinical practice. I knew that I didn’t want something prescriptive that required yet more training, but had no idea what. I saw the amazing Giles P … Continue reading Giles P Croft Interview: “Do more of what you like and less of what you don’t”

Learn to check your StressOmeter before a crash!

Ever had that feeling that you have too many things to do, all of them important, that you don’t quite know where to start? That feeling that if someone asks you to do one more thing, you are not sure that you will respond in a “constructive” way. You feel keyed up, your chest tight … Continue reading Learn to check your StressOmeter before a crash!

Preventing Burnout Part 4 – Increasing our recharge at Home

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