Worried about a second wave?  How to cope during the next phase of COVID-19. 

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What do you think about the possibility of a second wave? I personally think a second wave of COVID-19 is inevitable.  I think a lot of people feel the same – especially when you look at the science and modelling based on previous viral pandemics. I don't think it's so much a matter of if there'll be a second wave, as when it will be and what it will look like.  And this...

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You can't pour from an empty cup - the importance of permission

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I return to Permission again and again, it is so crucial for me personally (I have had anxiety and burnout) and for all of us Medics as a community. 

It can feel tough to practice self-care when there is so much need out there. You can feel pulled in all directions, guilty even, if you are not helping others before yourself, especially during this pandemic. Often doctors have different roles they are juggling, with patients, business needs, as parents. It can be...

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Top five books for doctors on World Book Day.



Here are the top five books I would like to recommend to doctors this World Book Day - some are written by doctors, some are written for doctors and some of them are just great books that could be helpful for you or your patients.

1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande- a beautifully written book about the deeper and more meaningful side of things we experience as doctors.

2. Also Human by Caroline Elton - a book about her experiences as a psychologist working with doctors who are...

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Alcoholism among doctors – when does drinking become harmful or addictive?

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This is the second blog in our new series: "Let's Talk About...", and today we're continuing the theme of talking about alcoholism in doctors. It’s January, often a time when people are thinking about how much they're drinking and their other habits, and whether they're healthy or not. I wanted to share some information about how you can tell the difference between harmful use of a substance and dependence on that substance. When do you cross over that line? When does having just a...

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Lets talk about doctors stress and alcohol

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With it being Dry January many of us are thinking about cutting back on alcohol after the excesses of the festive season.

But for some this isn’t so easy, especially burnt out doctors who are more likely to rely on alcohol and drugs.

A recent study of 417 UK doctors by Dr Kamau, published in May 2019 in the BMJ Open, found that one in twenty doctors met the criteria for alcohol dependence and just over half binge drank on more than one occasion per week. This was the first study which...

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We are all made of stories

 

Dr Nicky Kiernan

Last Saturday I took part in the Joyful Doctor Live 2019 Event in London. It was my first time speaking at this event and indeed the first time I had spoken to a group of doctors about my own experience of becoming and being a doctor. This was certainly not the first time that I had discussed this; I, like many medics, have found great solace and support over the years, in sharing the trials and tribulations of the job with trusted confidantes both within and outside the profession....

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One car accident and two text messages 

Caroline Walker, Founder of The Joyful Doctor

I received two messages this morning.

The first was from one of my lovely 1-to-1 clients thanking me for the work of The Joyful Doctor (a team effort truly but it’s always so lovely to get positive feedback).  

The second message was from a friend forwarding on an article - about a GP with two young kids who sadly jumped to his death off a bridge in 2018.

I feel like the universe is letting me know I’m on the right path today. Helping doctors.

This is part of the...

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This is NOT going to hurt...

This is NOT going to hurt

“Hello, I am the elephant in the room.”

 This is usually my opening line when I introduce myself at Joyful Doctor events.

 To clarify, this bold statement is not a derogatory self-loathing reference to my physicality, but more of an ice-breaking, self-effacing reference to the fact that I AM NOT A DOCTOR as I introduce myself to an audience full of doctors.

Despite the fact that I attend these events as Head of Joyful Doctor Coaching, when faced with a room full of...

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Joyful Doctor - Weekly Free Resource

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Weekly featured free resource

Be Exeptional

The Exceptional Method is an evidence-based transformative program specifically for doctors to take control of their lives and to thrive in medicine.


The Exceptional Method was developed by Dr Sam Hazledine by interviewing exceptional doctors; seeking out the ones who are thriving and looking for patterns of behaviour because success leaves clues. It was corroborated and tested by studying the literature on stress and performance, and...

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The Joyful Doctor - We Are Human

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"I’m not tough enough to be a doctor".
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"I’m too sensitive to be a doctor".
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At The Joyful Doctor, we hear these statements from doctors all the time. We know from personal experience that as doctors , we have these thoughts and feelings about ourselves, many, many times.
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We get it. We have felt that way too. But we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
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As doctors, we do a job that exposes us on a daily basis to tremendous levels of trauma, grief, pain, misery,...

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