It is a doctor’s job to take care of people. So, who takes care of the caretaker? A doctor’s work is so engulfing that they may not always have time for themselves. Still, they have to maintain their physical and mental health in order to properly do their job. They also need to keep their motivation up. These are some of the ways in which doctors take care of themselves.
Consciously Making An Effort To Eat
Food is very important. A doctor obviously knows this. However, during the long hours, the consecutive shifts and the eventfulness of work at the hospital, eating can be overlooked. Even deciding on what to eat can take some effort at times, on a busy day it’s easy to just to look past this. In order to take proper care of yourself, you need to make a conscious effort to set aside some time to eat.
Taking A Break When They Need To
Taking a break is how you renew your mind for whatever it is that you do. It gives you new bursts of energy and inspiration. As such, it is important that you schedule breaks into your routine. Even on the busiest days, set aside 5 to 10 minutes, and take a breather.
Talking To Friends And Loved Ones
Human connection is a requirement to fight off feelings of isolation. If you are not communicating enough with the people who love you, you start feeling like no one actually understands you. Talk to people. Talk about your interests, what’s going on in your life and everything in between.
Knowing When To Draw The Line With Patients
Doctors sometimes come across difficult situations with patients. Some patients need help in ways that go outside the job description. Patients are sometimes unable to afford the services that are essential to their treatment. As a doctor, you might feel the need to sacrifice. You might feel the need to go out of pocket to help your patients. However, you need to know when to draw the line. With the state of our healthcare system, there are always going to be patients that need help. You can’t go out of your own pocket in every situation trying to help patients.
Discussing Work With Colleagues
Doctors are constantly questioned about the decisions that they make. And they should always be able to justify their actions. They should always be able to provide answers for their decisions. It helps then, to talk to your colleagues about work. Being a doctor is a never-ending learning cycle. Peer discussions will make sure that you realize your views and your approaches are shared by others.
Some of these tips translate to other jobs. No matter what your job is, it is important that you take care of yourself. This makes you more productive and allows you to appreciate your job more in the long run.