Do you worry about whether you’ve made the correct diagnosis, arranged the appropriate investigations and explained the procedures in a clear and unambiguous way to your patient?
Is there a little ‘gremlin sitting on your shoulder nagging you about whether you’ve been a proficient doctor and done everything you have to do for that patient?
Don’t worry you are not alone! There are hundreds of other doctors who experience a similar sense of anxiety when they leave work and start to go over in their minds what happened during the day. And it’s not only worrying about one patient: those feelings you may have of not doing as much as you could do may be multiplied many times.
As a result you may begin to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. So what could you do?
You could develop a simple ritual to do before you go home so that you tell yourself that you are washing all that ‘stuff’ away.
You can do this simply by washing your hands and telling yourself that all your worries and anxieties are going down the drain with the dirty water. I used to do this and found it very effective.
When you do this or something which is relevant to you, then you will be better able to relax and enjoy your hours away from the patients and return next day feeling fully refreshed and ready to face up to the new challenges the new day will bring you.