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5 Ways to Well-being

Five ways to wellbeing - by Kate Smith
 
Each time I've been unwell, in terms of my mental health, I seem to have picked up a new hobby - an outlet - which has helped me to get back on my feet. 
 
 
The first time, it was painting furniture, some of which I kept, and some I sold…the coffee table’s still going strong! I found this activity to be very therapeutic, and it went against everything my school art teacher ever said about...

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Last Weeks Workshop

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Last week, Dr Caroline Walker (Founder of The Joyful Doctor) delivered a workshop which provided the opportunity for senior doctors to explore the topic of 'differential attainment'; an issue affecting so many doctors in the UK and beyond.
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Doctors with certain shared characteristics (such as IMG status, age and gender) are experiencing higher rates of failure in exams, difficulties with career progression and other gaps in educational attainment. Although the issues causing these gaps are...

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The big ‘BUT’

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Have you ever noticed yourself thinking, ‘I need to…’, or ‘I want to…’, or ‘I’d love to..’ *insert the thing (big or small) you would love to do right now or in the future*...
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...and then out of nowhere comes a GREAT BIG GIANT ‘BUT’…. flooding your mind with thoughts of why you can’t do the thing you want to do?
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A simple language change can open up the way you think about this.
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By changing the ‘BUT’,...

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Food for thought in this New Year!

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"You spend 20 years being superhuman, an all-achieving machine, and then... Bam!... suddenly you cant do it anymore." - a doctor-patient
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Burnout can strike at anytime in our lives... the very nature of it, means that we don't always see it coming.
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In thinking that we are superhuman, we can easily forget, that we need to consistently look after ourselves, in order to remain well, and to maintain our capacity to live, and fully enjoy, our lives.
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Doctors are human. Doctors need to take care of...

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New Year, New You?

 

Do you embrace 'New Year’s resolutions' or the setting of 'intentions' for the year ahead?

There is no denying, that the welcoming in of a New Year, tends to be a time of reflection...inviting a review of the year that has gone before, and planning, with anticipation, for the twelve months that lay ahead.  At this time of year, we can find ourselves thinking about how we can improve ourselves and our lives.

Whilst it can feel as if it will be...

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A Big Thanks!!

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Heartfelt thanks, to all who sponsored our fundraising efforts, in the Brighton Santa Dash, which was completed by 'Team Joy' last weekend!
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As you can see from these photos, much fun was had, and sack fulls of joy was created heart_eyes.
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We are delighted to have raised £422.50 (including gift aid), for Doctors Support Network (DSN)....
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If you didn't have chance to sponsor us, and you would like to, please follow the link to our sponsorship page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamJoy...

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Joyful Doctor Podcast - Episode 1

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Episode 1: Interview with Dr Josie Jenkinson, Consultant Psychiatrist, on her life and struggles as a doctor, and how she manages to find joy in everyday life...
Available now to listen, download and subscribe across all Android/Apple devices x

http://www.podcasts.com/joyful-doctor-6ef21dca9

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Santa Dash!

Dr Caroline Walker, and her brothers, Tom and Brad, will be taking part in the Brighton Santa Dash, (8th December), to raise money for the Doctors' Support Network (DSN).
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DSN provide confidential peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.
Please sponsor Team Joy, and help us, to enable DSN, to support more doctors.
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Please follow the link to our sponsorship page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamJoy  

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Doctors' Wellbeing - Where's the Hope?

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope this week.

I led a teaching session earlier in the week - talking with a group of London psychiatry trainees about Doctors’ Wellbeing. It went well for the most part... The doctors were engaged and interactive, open and honest - and we talked and explored a lot of the complex issues involved with the wellbeing of doctors. Until we stumbled over a sticking point...

Hope.

We identified the lack of optimism and hope amongst doctors...

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