Our working environment has changed enormously over the last few decades. The workload, intensity and patient complexity have grown exponentially. In parallel, the time and space that we have at work and at home to recharge and support each other has become massively compressed. My last post looked at the factors that make doctors vulnerable … Continue reading Thriving, not just surviving.
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?
“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.
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?
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
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”.