Tag: self-care

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Do we really need our doctors to be resilient?

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When we think of the word ‘resilience’ it conjures up certain meanings, i.e. that no matter what is thrown at you, you can ‘handle it’. That you are tough...
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The importance of having your own doctor – even when you...

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As doctors, we have a tendency to diagnose and treat ourselves when we become ill, which is understandable, but this can get us into awful trouble, and we cannot...

Can we truly care for other people without caring for ourselves?

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I used to think I was a clever person, but the way I lived my life when I was younger was not so clever, as I did not care...

Coffee: Do I love it, or do I need it?

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I used to love coffee. I would drink six double shots of it every day. This was instant coffee, back in the day, before everyone had an espresso machine...

Medical training is more stressful than the army

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A recent systematic literature review of physician suicide confirmed that doctors now have the highest suicide rate of any profession and stated that: "It's very surprising that the suicide rate among...

“Physician, heal thyself” does not mean treat yourself

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 “Physician, heal thyself”The Bible, Luke 4.23 (King James Version). We as doctors are fond of treating ourselves, citing the old proverb, “Physician, heal thyself” as our justification. But ‘heal thyself’...
Photo of pears by Marco Secchi for article by Dr Jane Barker on When things go pear-shaped – Self-care when the doctor is the patient

When things go pear shaped – Self-care when the doctor is...

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Among the many urban myths about Medicine is the one that says doctors don’t get sick – we even believe it ourselves, we are infallible, we treat illness, we...

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