After several discussions with friends and colleagues about the stresses of being a physician… or a researcher… or both – we decided to put together a list of our tried and true self care tips. We dabbled in a bit of everything:
Make the most of your morning:
- If you are a coffee drinker/addict – indulge yourself with a coffee maker that has a timer so you can have a freshly brewed cup waiting for you when you get to the kitchen.
- If you have a flexible schedule (aka – don’t have to be at clinic at 8 o’clock sharp) and you tend to wake up at the same time each day – don’t set your alarm. Let your natural clock wake you up – try it and see how it makes you feel!
How to disconnect from the chaos:
- Several of us have removed our emails or at least the notifications of our emails from our phone. I honestly look at my phone so much less now that every email doesn’t pop up on my screen!
- There are many books out now on the Danish art of living cozy and well (The Art of Hygge) – definitely worth checking out!
How to stay physically healthy:
We all know that we should exercise – I’ve definitely felt hypocritical when instructing a patient on their need to get more physical activity into their day when I know I haven’t worked out in weeks…ugh! But there are ways to squeeze some in – no matter how hectic your schedule is ; )
- Try to work exercise into your daily activities – one person uses an app to do short pilates workouts while her daughter plays the piano (something she is supposed to do every day).
- Some examples of apps with great videos/instructions on pilates or yoga are:
- 5 Minute Pilates
- Yoga by Candace
- Another person recommended “Cize” – a dance workout craze that gets you fit while you learn 6 high intensity dances. Prepare to sweat!
How to focus on your mental well-being and change/shift your paradigm:
As we all know – we only have so much control over this world and what big (and little) things we have to deal with on a day to day basis. We also know that even though we can’t control what is happening to and around us – we CAN control how we react to or deal with it. Some ways we have shaped our happier and flexible views on our days:
- I strongly believe in meditation helping to change how we respond to things, rather than simply react – check out my blog on the Headspace App here.
- One important step in understanding what tasks we are trying to check off on any given day is to ask yourself – who am I doing this for? And do I need to be doing this? Two books to help with these questions are:
- We also all agreed that reading or listening to audiobooks was a great way to indulge our sense!
As with all things in life, the self care routine that is best for you will change as your life changes. Keep trying new things and finding what works best for you! Do you have any self care tips that we missed??