Anxiety: 8 keys things that have 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

Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now

When I was first writing about preventing burnout, I did not feel that I could add much personal value. I bypassed the prevention stage completely. I headed straight to having to think about recovering from burnout. If I had recognised where my escalating stress would have led me, if I had appreciated how unwell I … Continue reading Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now

How can self-compassion support our learning and development?

A post by the inspirational Dr Jenny Napier. She and Dr Thuli Whitehouse are running a weekend retreat for doctors on 11-13th November, offering 'a space for stepping back, recharging your batteries and learning some new skills for maintaining your balance.' What is the nature of your inner dialogue when you do something you regret?  … Continue reading How can self-compassion support our learning and development?

Mindfulness meditation

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zin When I talk or listen to peers and colleagues, I am amazed at how many healthcare professionals are already integrating mindfulness, meditation or relaxation techniques into their lives on a regular basis in order to ground themselves and find headspace and calm . Many successful apps, like Headspace … Continue reading Mindfulness meditation

Improving our resilience

Dr Jenny Napier has written a fantastic article in the journal of holistic medicine “Resilience – How we keep sailing”. She “draws parallels between resilience and what is required for safe sailing and navigation”.  She talks about the importance of social networks, both within and outside of work”- the stronger these are, “the more resilient we become” … Continue reading Improving our resilience