Doctors’ Day is Thursday, March 30, 2023. This day recognizes the role doctors play in the physical, mental, and spiritual healing of people in need.
While this work is immensely rewarding, it may also take a toll on the physician’s own wellbeing. Working daily with those who are struggling with difficult life situations may leave health care professionals more susceptible to illness, stress, and exhaustion. If you sometimes struggle to maintain your resilience, these tips may be helpful:
- Express how you are feeling. If you have had a difficult day at work, be honest with friends and family members. Though you can’t talk about specifics due to confidentiality laws, you can share your feelings about your experiences.
- Use scheduled breaks. Take your lunch and other breaks as assigned. Use the time to eat, take a walk, or do something else that helps you recharge. It’s also important to take your allotted vacation time at appropriate intervals. This may be especially important if you work a variable schedule that makes it difficult to establish a “work week/weekend” routine.
- Seek support from colleagues. Sharing your feelings with other people in caring professions may ease your stress and help you maintain perspective. Your colleagues may also have useful coping strategies for dealing with the emotional impact of your profession.
- Maintain self-care. Eat well-balanced meals and exercise as often as you can (30 minutes of exercise five times a week is generally recommended). Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night whenever possible. Keep up with your medical and dental appointments.
- Engage in a creative or meditative pursuit. Consider keeping a journal or engaging in other creative activities, such as painting, drawing, or performing music. Try meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices. Reconnect with nature through outdoor activities.
- Reach out. It’s important to connect with others, especially when you are struggling. Talk to family and friends or access the Physician Resource Network.
It’s important to know your limits and reach out if you need emotional support or practical resources.
Source: Wellness Library Health Ink and Vitality Communications