ITS ALL ABOUT YOU 

Thoughts for wellness promotion:

Sleep exercise and nutrition:Sleep loss has negative effects including learning and cognition which is why it is important to avoid sleepless nights and to watch for circadian violations.
–      Spend 10 mins a day being physically active.
–      Eat balanced meals and less simple sugars.
–      Take a break during shift and eat a healthy snack.

Personal Health:Establish routine physician care including preventative care and mental health
–      Avoid self-treatment and self-diagnosis
–      Annual doctor visits

Mindfulness: is a technique used to reflect on the present situation while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and physical being.
–      Learn meditation; develop awareness
–      Take personal time to reflect on you
–      Start writing a journal

Positivity: A culture of positive thinking is paramount for personal wellness
–      Reflect on 3 things a day one is grateful for
–      Notice and vocalize when others have helped you
–      After each and every shift, reflect on the meaningful effect you have had

What to do outside residency?: 
–      Set aside an hour everyday to decompress and destress
–      Set aside a block of time daily that is YOU time only
–      Plan vacations that are work free
–      Try new hobbies
–      Devote time to friends and family and make it a priority

Adapted from Ross, Shana DO. “Strategies to Enhance Wellness in Emergency Medicine Training Programs.” Science Direct. Dec 2017

 

Resources

What Is Stoicism and 9 Ways to Get Started

Center for Effective Altruism

Gratitude

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment
Happiness
Well-Being
Attack of the Cute

A history of happiness explains why capitalism makes us feel empty inside (Vox)