One of the qualities I love about my program and my colleagues is how much they promote self-care in residency. I know and have seen how difficult it is to implement self-care in residency while rotating with various residents from different specialties during medical school. However, I had promised myself that when I match, I will try to implement self-care in one way or another. So here are some ways that I like to practice self-care in residency to prevent burn out!
- Running: I know that running itself is such a difficult sport but the post-run feeling is enough to have me on the roads running again the next day. I love it because not only am I getting in some physical activity, but I can enjoy discovering new places around my neighborhood.
- Making time for friends/family: Although making plans in residency can be difficult, I have made an effort to make time for my friends, colleagues, and family. Having dinner, playing a board game, or just going on a walk can make a huge difference! I have also found it therapeutic to be able to talk about the trials and tribulations of this first year with my fellow co-residents who have either gone through it or are experiencing similar sentiments.
- Day Off: I think that it is important to know when to take a day off. Like I mentioned I am surrounded by supportive residents and staff who encourage taking a sick day when necessary for physical or mental well-being. As medical professionals, we never want to let our colleagues and patients down so we come to work even when we feel extremely ill. It is important to take a step back and realize that taking a day off can actually be beneficial.
To all you healthcare professionals out there, how do you practice self-care?