Are you a Doctor who needs CPR?(Confidential Personal Readjustment)
Life as a doctor can be very stressful. Sometimes both you and others may wonder how you keep going with so much to do and so little time to do it. How many of the following challenge you?
- lack of work-life balance
- keeping up to date
- excessive demands on your time
- insufficient funding to get the work done
- unreasonable demands made of you
- political pressure
- un-read journals
- too little time with family or friends
- unable to ‘switch off’ when on holiday
- taking work home
- lack of self-care
If any or all of the above resonate with you then you are not alone.
- Doctors who have too much to do in too little time – organise your time more effectively
- Doctors who worry about whether they have made the correct diagnosis and prescribed the right treatment – let go of the need for perfection.
- Doctors who wonder if they made the right career choice – step back and consider all of your options.
- Doctors who don’t feel valued as no-one seems to care for them – start to care more about yourself others value you more.
- Doctors who don’t look after their own needs – define what these are and make time to address them each week.
- Doctors who self-medicate or turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the day-to-day stress – recognise when you need support and ask for it.
If you are demoralised, overwhelmed, tired, stressed, undervalued and wonder if this is the way life as a doctor has to be, and wonder how you might be able to change things for the better, read on, Consider what you could do now to start to have the life you really want, before it all gets too much. It IS possible to have a life and be a doctor. A recent client wrote: Susan helped me look for the inside me. The person who wonders and enjoys rather than the one who is worried and stressed. She taught me about the journey of life, of taking control over my own journey, and recognising the choices that are there. It was most helpful that she had worked as a doctor, because she understood how ingrained we are. When I signed on for life coaching I was ready to take the enormous step of giving up my job as a GP. That is what I wanted to do but didn’t know how it could be possible. Susan helped me realise that this was just the first step of an exciting journey. I cannot know where it will take me, but I am now looking forward to it! Susan’s warm and straightforward approach was just what I needed from a life coach. She manages to balance professionalism with humour and good sense. She has masses of insight and is refreshingly optimistic. I wonder if my life would have turned out differently if I had found out about Susan and her telephone coaching sooner. FR General Practitioner What can YOU do? If you want tools, ways to change, and questions to make you think, you will find the following resources useful.
- Read my books: http://www.thedoctorscoach.co.uk/books
- Sign up for a Prescription for Change Discovery Session