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
“Control the controllables” is what an ex-professional rugby player friend told me when I confessed to feeling anxious. I was reminded of this recently when listening to Patrick McKeown. He talked about a famous Irish rugby player who would get really anxious and lose sleep before a big match, despite many years experience. So what … Continue reading Anxiety: 8 keys things that have helped me
On qualifying as a GP, I followed a traditional route from trainee to salaried and locum doctor, to partner, trainer, and appraiser. A path that many doctors of my generation have taken. Underneath, I suspected that the anxiety which appeared in my 30’s, as the invincibility of my 20’s faded, would limit my time in … Continue reading Jungle gyms and re-defining success