As a doctor, it is extremely important to take care of your physical health and wellbeing.
Dr Hilton Koppe has devised a checklist to help you make the most of your career and life. Find out more about Dr Koppe.
Physical health and wellbeing
How is your health? Do you have a regular GP? Just because you are a doctor, it doesn’t mean you should prescribe your own medications. Take care of your physical health. Register with a GP, eat well and take regular exercise.
It is not just anxiety or depression that is a cause for concern; negative thought patterns can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. Identify negative thoughts such as “I don’t have enough time…”, “I’m not good enough...” or “Things never turn out right for me...”. Then make a conscious effort to change your thoughts to positive ones. This will have a dramatic improvement on your mental wellbeing.
Spirituality means different things to different people but having thoughts about meaning in life, or a world view can help prevent burnout and poor choices and decision making.
Good relationships are important to your health and wellbeing. Make sure you make time to nurture and cultivate good relationships. It is especially important to have a friend or mentor who you can discuss and debrief events that happen at work and in your personal life.
We all need out of work activities. To have work/life balance make sure you have one enjoyable activity a week that doesn’t involve work. If you’re not committed to anything right now think about trying a new hobby, or sport.
What is your work environment and home environment like? A cluttered, uncomfortable, or unorganised physical environment can cause stress and discontent. Make sure your environment makes you feel content and happy.