These are just small excerpts from patient conversations this week. Mix this in with being on call, long hours (57 hours this week), short lunch breaks (if at all), charts, paperwork (prior authorizations, referrals, medication refills, etc). Yikes. The stress seems never ending. Where do we fit in our own self-care?
As our role in medicine is to heal others…sometimes it is easy to forget about ourselves.
Reminder: We’re healers but we’re also humans. Which is why this campaign #healthyinmedicine came about.
Who started #healthyinmedicine?
So lucky to be a part of a group of amazing PA bloggers who met up (via videochat) for the first time this month. We started talking about self-care and work-life balance, and how taking care of ourselves often takes a back seat to patient care and work life. We decided to speak out about it and share what this means to us!
What does #healthyinmedicine mean to me?
Being healthy in medicine means taking the time for oneself. Trust me—sometimes this is easier said than done. There have been many times when I wonder or call in about a patient’s status. “Did patient Ms. X follow-up? Did her condition worsen? Did we get the stat labs? What did the MRI report show?” Being & staying healthy in medicine for me means a bit more than physical health. While I’m always a proponent for healthy eating (more raw food, less processed foods) and working out—I’m more so interested in mental health, self-care, and preventing burn out
Self-Care Tips: Outside of Work
Keep your Mind Off Work
Take Time for Yourself/Do Something You Love
Take a hike/walk outside
Self-Care Tips: While at Work
Speak up/Reach out
Learn the value of saying no & telling people they have to wait