Working as a doctor can have it’s ups and downs. There ail be many days when you feel excited and exhilarated yet others when you are exhausted and overwhelmed. Both of these states can affect your life and relationships outside of Medicine.
Yet if you don’t improve the balance in your life you may become more and more stressed and both your work and your personal life will suffer.
How do some doctors cope?
1. They realise that work and life outside work is a matter of finding ways to be effective in both though not necessarily in relation to time actually spent in each role. Stop trying to keep all aspects of your life in separate compartments. Sometimes your best ideas might come to you while playing with your children or engaging in sport.
2. Define for yourself what you want in your life and realise that your definition of success may be different from others. Decide to follow your own path in being successful in your various roles.
3. Set your own boundaries in relation to what you will or won’t do in all aspects of your life.When you do this you will be able to define what are your personal priorities so that you designate time for friends and family and for your own self-care of body mind and spirit.
It’s your life: live it on your terms!