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    Lauren
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    I’m a physician and I’ve had an intense couple of months at work. Long hours, working overnights, patients dying, missing out on family and friends events. I talked with my work and am taking 2 weeks off because I’m exhausted and overwhelmed. My boss assured me everything is good on his end when we talked about this but I feel like I’m still working on ways to take care of myself without feeling guilty. As the person used to taking care of other people it’s very challenging to think about what you need. And many issues of mental health and burnout are still taboo to most healthcare workers.

    #338468

    anita
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    Dear Lauren:

    In your previous thread you shared about two relationships, one was three years long, that caused you a lot of distress. You definitely can’t afford any unecessary stress. First priority would be to avoid and prevent unecessary stress in your personal life, as well as having a less demanding work schedule.

    With less stress, you will have time look for confidential counseling (so that your work place doesn’t know about it, if it may hurt you career) and/ or follow a daily routine of aerobic exercise, such as a long, fast walk, a yoga routine, guided mindful meditations and such.

    anita

    #338530

    Inky
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    Hi Lauren,

    Never underestimate the power of Epsom salt baths, lots of sleep, and mindlessly binging on Netflix series.

    The problem is people always try to run errands on their days off. If you do anything, hire meal delivery service, a housecleaner, a secretary and/or a clothes/errand runner so you don’t have to do any chores on your rare days off. In short, you need a “wife”.

    Being a doctor isn’t a “noble profession” anymore. I can’t believe all the stress and hardships you guys go through.

    Wishing you all the energy to power through until retirement!

    Inky

    #338548

    Lauren
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    Agreed. I tried to avoid personal stress by not dating when I started my new job. Just trying to focus on working and family and friends.

    #338562

    Lauren
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    Thanks for saying that. It is a demanding job. You’re right I should try to take things easier on days off. I’ve been working to find a grocery store that delivers and I just moved to an apartment complex that has dog walkers and a gym with yoga classes on site. Hopefully those will help cut down on minor stressors.

     

    #338574

    anita
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    Dear Lauren:

    When overly stressed, remove from your life any unecessary stress, such as dysfunctional personal relationships and behaviors that are hurting you instead of helping you.

    I noticed a few moments ago that I don’t understand the title of your thread: “Stress at work over taking life”- what do you mean by taking life?

    anita

     

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