Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout and sort of depression that we feel when we sit in front of a computer all day. Richard Louv
SInce overwork, stress and burnout are now so common amongst doctors, it’s vital to learn techniques to prevent these overwhelming you so that you can cope with life as a doctor.
The quotation says it all: spend time in nature each day then you will feel bette.
But how can you do this when you live and work in a big city, in a massive busy hospital? You might need to have your own piece of nature on your windowsill, or in a vase, or take the chance to get outside to a local park or gardens when you have some time. Discovering how to find that time is vitally important!
Notice how the changes in the different seasons affect you. Become more aware as you look at trees, plants, birds, ants and butterflies how you can, if you are open to the process, find messages for you from the nature around you.
For example there are messages about renewal and growth; about new life emerging from the barrenness of winter; the determination and the motivation and perseverance of migrating birds travelling vast distances to reach their goals.
You can see that there is always change, nothing stays the same in nature, yet things end and new beginnings start.
Reflect for yourself how nature can inform something about your own life?
What messages are you getting from nature?
Another way to be refreshed, and rejuvenated is to get away from your busy environment for a few days and stay with a small group of medics (who may or may not be working in Medicine) in an area of outstanding natural beauty in West Cornwall near Land’s End.
By connecting with Nature and neglected parts of yourself you will change and return refreshed, relaxed and renewed to cope with life again.
When you care for yourself much more and stop giving all to others, you will become so much more effective at caring for your patients.
Find out more about the Retreat HERE