Whole Life Health | Taking the first steps to doctor wellbeing

It’s no secret that over half of doctors are experiencing burnout and the majority are over-stressed. What’s less well known is that this is causing depersonalisation, and in turn, this causes increases in major medical errors. The way we are being doctors is harming, even killing, our patients. So, if the problem is so obvious, why isn’t it being effectively addressed? Continue reading

Why doctor jobs can be stressful – How to be less stressed at work and become a better doctor

I believe that anyone can be exceptional, that any doctor can be exceptional and live an exceptional life, and as doctors when we do that we practice better medicine. Doctor jobs do not have to be stressful, it should be a rewarding and fulfilling career. Continue reading

How do you measure success?

Success is personal for each of us isn’t it? My definition is not the same as yours.   For some it might be being an exceptional doctor, for others it might be getting the perfect locum jobs, for others it might be a fulfilling family life etc. There are infinite possibilities. Continue reading

Be a small fish

As I have previously noted, Anthony Robbins said, ‘The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group.’   As human beings most of us care to some extent about what people think of us. At some level we want to fit in and to connect with those closest to us. Continue reading

Knowing when to say ‘no’

You’re busy, I get that. So are we all.   You will have heard the advice that “You need to learn how to say no” I’m sure.   The question is, when do we apply this? Continue reading

Why do you need to stack your corner?

There are two ways to learn:   1. The ‘learn as you go’ method where you make your own mistakes and re-invent the wheel to grind out slow and laborious progress 2. The fast track where you learn from others and refine tested ideas to make fast and effective progress Continue reading

Looking after yourself – where the #@$% do you start?!?

How often have you been told about the importance of looking after yourself?   I’m sure you’ve lost count just from the times your mother said it to you!   We all know it matters, so why are 87% of doctors stressed and over half experiencing burnout right now? Continue reading

The power of your peer group

‘The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group.’ I can clearly remember when I heard Anthony Robbins say this because it turned my life in a new direction. Continue reading

Which is more important, sleep or exercise?

As a doctor you will know that both sleep and exercise matter when it comes to your well-being.   It’s almost impossible to function well with sleep deprivation, and the emotional and physical benefits of exercise are irrefutable.   So if you’re a time-poor doctor and you don’t have time for both, which should you sacrifice? Continue reading

We are all dogs

Classical conditioning is the learning procedure in which a biologically potent stimulus (e.g. food) is paired with a previously neutral stimulus (e.g. a bell). It was first studied in detail by Ivan Pavlov through his experiments with dogs. Continue reading