For the 2023 ‘RUOK’ Day, the theme is “I’m here to listen”.
GP supervisors do a lot of listening – to patients, practice staff, registrars, family and friends.
But how often does the GP supervisor have the opportunity to be listened to? To stop and think about their own needs?
Take this chance to pause, evaluate just how ‘OK’ you are today, and implement some easy self-care measures. First.
Role modeling self-care for future GPs and RGs is one of the most powerful legacies you can leave for the primary healthcare of tomorrow.
Think how much more meaningful it would be to ask how your registrar is doing after you’ve applied your own oxygen mask…
Stress and Anxiety Management
Embracing self-care practices can effectively combat stress and anxiety by allowing your body and mind to recuperate. Activities like leisurely walks and spending time with friends can reduce stress-related symptoms.
Prioritizing self-care is a key to becoming more efficient in your daily life. By nourishing your body with proper nutrition, adequate rest, and regular exercise, you’ll gain increased energy levels, fostering resilience in dealing with life’s challenges.
Firstly, you need a self-assessment
The initial phase of crafting an effective self-care plan involves an open evaluation of your coping mechanisms.
Can you pinpoint how you typically manage life’s pressures? Are you attuned to recognizing when it’s necessary to take a breather?
Positive vs. Negative coping methods
When confronted with challenges, individuals tend to employ either constructive or detrimental coping tactics. Consider these examples:
|Positive Coping Methods||Negative Coping Methods|
|Exercising / walking||Sitting for long period|
|Engaging in a hobby||Skipping meals|
|Connecting with others||Drinking alcohol|
Be truthful with yourself
Honesty is crucial when assessing your behaviours. If you discover difficulties in dealing with situations, feelings of anger, irritability, or anxiety, it’s a sign to pause and recalibrate. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider your go-to coping techniques.
Secondly, define your daily self-care needs by identifying priorities
Take a moment to reflect on what holds value and importance in your daily life, particularly in times of uncertainty.
Finally, reflect and refine
Take a moment to contemplate the coping strategies you’ve identified in prior activities.
Date reviewed: 12 September 2023