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Maintaining Your Sanity as a Physician


When you're in the trenches as a physician, your schedule can be pretty intense. Being a physician is an all-consuming responsibility. If you're not careful, you can end up losing your sense of self in the process. Whether you'd like to start your career on the right foot or shift the trajectory, consider the following ways you can maintain your sanity as a physician.


1. Be intentional about vacations.

There's something about getting away to take a break. If you're not used to taking regular vacations, now is the time to get started. This is mainly because a vacation allows you to unplug and unwind. There are so many stressful pressures physicians have to deal with on a consistent basis. Plus, the stress of living life can get to a person. When you're able to unplug and get away from your regular environment, it gives you a chance to immerse yourself into another world to reflect, reconnect with yourself and get rid of stress.

2. Utilize assistance.

You can't do it all on your own. You don't have to be superwoman. It's always okay to utilize the help of other professionals. Hire a cleaning service to clean the house a few times every month. Send your laundry to the cleaners to make sure it's all taken care of. The last thing you want is to wake up, reach for your female doctor scrubs and realize that they're dirty. If you need to purchase pre-made entrees for the family to enjoy for dinner, that's okay. Do what you need to do to keep your home running smoothly.

3. Exercise consistently.

Do your best to exercise on a daily basis. Even if you make it to the gym three times a week, take a walk or do other light exercises on the other days of the week. When you're able to maintain a healthy weight, your body will be able to support you as you move throughout the day. Plus, don't underestimate the power of that awesome endorphin rush. Yes, you'll want to include healthy eating, lots of water and adequate rest into the picture. Just don't skip exercise. Leg days matter.
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