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!
“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 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”.
This is the third post out of 4 that I wrote for Locum Organiser and Medical Exam Prep last year. They provide some newer suggestions on prevention.... Working as medics we are often rushed off our feet with barely time to take a comfort break or breathe. There are competing demands on our attention from … Continue reading Preventing Burnout Part 3 – Increasing our recharge at work
This is the next 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.... Last week, I mentioned Dr Dike Drummond’s “Burnout prevention matrix”. For me this provides a great way to dissect burnout prevention by looking at strategies … Continue reading Preventing Burnout – Part 2 – Managing Stress at work
Mental ill-health in doctors is a global phenomenon. Doctors experience more mental ill health and addiction than other professional groups1. The numbers in the UK are high. A recent survey of 600 doctors by the Medical Protection Society (MPS), reported high levels of stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%) 2. There are higher rates … Continue reading New GP Health service