As there is a greater focus on physician wellness, our colleges are beginning to recognise the impact of burnout in physicians on the patient. Check ACEM's call to action here.
Have you come across the work of Emergency Physician colleague, Dr Shahina Braganza?
Time to take off the mask?
With the current state of Australia burning, I have been reflecting on the impact this will have on the mental health of our friends, colleagues and fellow countrymen and women. There are moments when watching the media coverage alone is overwhelming from my safe, non-threatened living room; how unimaginable it must be for those experiencing the fires firsthand, with loss of lives, livelihood, homes and precious life memories.
Walk the talk
This week I am trying to "walk the talk" as we spend a week at a sleepy beachside township - minimal technology, time to be bored, time to read books. The importance of this "downtime" was reinforced by an article sent to me by a friend. It's a lengthy article but worth the read. We kid ourselves if we think working harder, working longer, always being available will result in higher productivity.... read on.
My personal wellness plan
One of our community is part of the founding group of WRAPEM - this is a great wellness resource so be sure to check it out!
The mindful art of taking the weather with you…
Living with a sometimes angsty 17-year-old daughter provides me with an endless supply of life lessons. The lesson I have been learning lately is about emotional contagion.
Remembering the inner child
Eric Berne (circa 1950s) is one of the psychologists attributed with coining the terms the “inner” adult, parent and child with regards to states of mind or personality – it’s part of the psychological theory referred to as transactional analysis. I am sure I came across this when I did PY101 at University all those years ago but it was a fact that remained dormant in the archives of my mind (a dusty and cob-webbed place) until I found myself “burned out” and attending a psychologist (about 23 years ago when I worked as a Speech pathologist, and was parenting a young child and managing complex relationships with my in-laws).
I have a superwoman complex – I think I can do it all. I think that my family will cease to function if I don’t do it all. I think that no one else can do the things I do. I say yes to any request because I can do it all. Only ever accepting perfection, and striving always to be better, smarter, perfect! In fact, for a while, I CAN do it all, I can BE it all. Superwoman is my friend – well it seems that way. Superwoman’s ways can be subtle. She seems to be helpful and has good motivations. But soon, she takes over my life. She has moved in lock, stock and barrel – taken over my home and my life, and instead of my short-term guest who helps me out on occasion, she refuses to leave. I revert to survival mode – I lose my boundaries and I become driven to perform – to perform in all areas of my life – to be the SUPER mum, the SUPER wife, the SUPER daughter, the SUPER doctor.
Dr Danielle Scarfe