You care too much, you are burned out, overextended and overburdened. It’s the age-old paradox – caring for others comes at the detriment of our own health.
I’ve found that NHS workers and those in healthcare are routinely the most stressed amongst any given industry that I’ve worked in. Let, it, go. I know. Easier said, than done, right? As it turns out, not giving a damn is somewhat of an art form which I’ve been reading up on of late and am happy to share with all who’ll read…
Worrying. Just stop.
First things first – you need to make a concerted effort to stop worrying – it achieves absolutely nothing. Switch from “I can’t”, to “How can I?”. Get your thoughts out on paper, put it in perspective. And for reinforcing this worry-free mind-set, read our other blog: Using the laws of attraction to make 2018 a better year in your clinic/practice.
Be mindful of your reactions – how you feel after a negative email from a patient, what your immediate thoughts are from that Facebook review, or friend’s ever-so-slightly critical reply to your Facebook status. Stop. Look outwards and let go of what others may think of you.
Stop being a yes, yes, yes! person
Being eternally polite and an enduring people pleaser can come at a cost. Saying yes to every sales call, baby shower invitation, out-of-work event that you really don’t want to attend isn’t going to offend, but it is going to hand you back your time – time better spent on the mission-critical tasks at the practice, or spending time with your nearest and dearest.
Saying no can be empowering. But it most certainly requires practice.
Bedtime reading – The Magical Art of Not Giving A F*ck
You don’t have to transform from people-pleaser, to self-obsessive. The Magical Art of Not Giving A F*ck, by Sarah Knight is an edgy self-help book I read recently that I’ve been recommending to anyone that will listen. It will put you well on the road to self-doubt recovery. A de-stresser, a mind re-setter and a must read for those of you who work in healthcare who are running the gauntlet when it comes to giving WAY too many hoots.
It’s also pretty darn funny. And as science shows, laughter really is the best medicine – capable of reducing stress and boosting the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Incidentally, laughing for 15 minutes also burns 40 calories, so it’s good for your waistline, too.
#NotSorry – Lifting a leaf straight outta’ Knight’s book
The #NotSorry method is just one of many gems to be found amongst the sheets of Sarah Knight’s book. Here’s the crux of the matter – you need to stop spending time, energy or money on the things that neither make you smile, or improve your life or work – for boosted energy, more time and more money to spend on the things that actually do matter.
As Sarah herself summarises, it has two simple steps…
- Decide what you don’t give a f* about
- Don’t give a f* about those things
I said it was simple didn’t I?
Smile, there are few things in life that warrant worry. For marketing that loves Mondays with a mind-set of Fridays, you know where we are.
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