Welcome to the WB blog. My name is Jaimee and I will be looking after our blog page. I was first inspired to blog a couple of years ago. I find it an great way to reach a wide audience and a nice space to reflect. I envisage our blog being a space to promote wellbeing, stimulate thought and share experiences. As well as my own thoughts, I will share guest features as a way of exploring wider perceptions of wellbeing.

This blog will look at self care tips to promote wellbeing. On the first Wednesday of August new doctors begin their first job, and many doctors rotate to a new job role. With this potentially stressful time of year fast approaching I would like to offer some suggestions for taking care of yourself.Sleep
Good sleep increases productivity and concentration. 

While shift patterns can impact on establishing regular sleep patterns there is still benefit in sleep hygiene for shift workers.

  • Have screen free time before bed
  • Wear an eye mask (particularly if sleeping during the day)
  • Ensure the room is dark
  • Limit intake of caffeine and alcohol
  • Trying relaxation or breathing exercises before bed
  • When able, go to bed at a similar time each night
  • Do what works for you to clear your mind of worries and work before trying to sleep (e.g. read a book, have a bath, chat to your partner)

A balanced diet is shown to make us feel more emotionally and physically healthy.

This is easier said than done but with planning and preparation is possible. Be realistic and try not to be judgemental if you need a take away to get through some of the long days and nights.Exercise
Regular exercise can increase energy levels, improve mood and more.

Exercise is great for health and wellbeing and it can also be a social endeavour. It can be really difficult to build exercise into your routine or continue to exercise in the way you did before if you are moving city, jobs, or role. Try to discover a routine that fits with your preferences. You might want to join a gym nearby, cycle to work, become part of a sports team or do exercise at home.Breaks
Ensure you take adequate breaks and rest.

It can feel like taking a break is impossible during busy days, but even five minutes of quiet time can do you the world of good, including increasing concentration and productivity.

  • Try to avoid eating at a computer
  • Leave the work environment if you can (e.g. go to a staff room or a coffee shop or outside)
  • Let people know you are going for a break. Simply letting other staff know you are popping off to get lunch but will be back soon can avoid interruptions or calls from people unaware of where you are.
  • Remember you are entitled to a break

Reach out

It is ok to not be ok.

If you are struggling, ask for help! It can feel as if you are alone and no one will be able to help but please give people a chance. You could visit your GP, approach a supervisor, speak to occupational health or contact a specific support service. Visit the “Sources of Support” page of this website for further information.

I hope you have been able to consider how you might care for yourself in the coming weeks and months. Sending good luck to newly qualified staff in the next step of their career.