“The strong recommendation to take care of your self-care, today, is you pick something that you can implement right away instead of waiting for something that exquisite and planned out, but you will never be able to do”
This video has a few doctors sharing about their experiences of self-care and ideas for other healthcare professionals. Though these medical experts are based in the US, the inputs are relevant and applicable in the Indian context as well.
Initially, the doctors highlight their challenges in practicing self-care as they believe their professional and personal engagements are too overwhelming. This is a common feeling when HCP’s are asked about their own well-being – the feeling of it being a faraway luxury.
“Sometimes if I think about doing exercise or doing whatever other things, but it becomes another task of the day instead of place peace and rest”
Other times, self-care tasks become a chore or regimen, not offering them the rest and rejuvenation that was the intent. Rather, yet another thing to be done in a long and strenuous day.
Others share their successful self-care practices which they have incorporated into their daily routine. One of the doctors says she has decided to finish her tasks for the day as early as possible and go back home to focus on her self-care and other things in life. She actively encourages her team to do the same especially for routine elements, when there are no emergency needs.
“I have started to encourage my fellows too if they are done at 2.30 on a random Thursday that they should go back home and take care of themselves”.
She also strongly suggests not feel guilty about taking time for self, because spending time for self-care is necessary. It is that vital ingredient which allows HCP’s to ensure their all-round well-being which enables higher quality of care for others and greater peace in their own life. There are many methods to practice self-care, however, it is up to the individual to choose something that’s of interest to them.
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