WHAT IS WELL-BEING?
6 Key Components of Wellbeing
Self-acceptance: The knowledge and acceptance of self, including awareness of personal limitations.
Purpose in life: Extent of the feeling that life has a sense of meaning, purpose, and direction.
Environmental mastery: How well one manages life situations.
Positive relationships: Depth of connection in ties with significant others.
Personal growth: Extent to which one makes use of personal talents and potential.
Autonomy: Whether one is living in accord with personal convictions.
HEALING THE HEALER: GET A PHYSICIAN COACH
“HOW ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU *REALLY*?”
When I opened my private practice in 2015, what I didn't anticipate was that I would be caring for more and more physicians and medical providers who were looking for a safe place to be vulnerable, heard, and cared for. With private medical records, and a clinic built on the utmost of privacy and consideration, I am honored to be a trusted physicians physician. That being said, we are notoriously a group who care for others, at the cost of our own self-care and mental health. Physician suicide rates are double that of the general population. Especially for female physicians. We sometimes don't know the difference between "work stress", and clinical depression. We can't always differentiate between being pissed off and burned out. The lines are blurred because it is rare that our medical education addressed our self-care in preparation for our professional journey.
I encountered a professional crossroad in 2013-2014. I had a sense of dread every day going into work. It wasn't the patients I was dreading. Actually at first I couldn't put my finger on it. Just dread every day. Physician well-being was not a concept I had heard of at that time, per se. In hindsight, I can see that I was juggling poorly the 6 facets of well-being (purpose, self acceptance, personal growth, autonomy, positive relationships, and personal life mastery) and despite emotional resilience and grit I was burning out.
I see the 6 aspects of well-being as little sail-boats on the water. If they get filled up too quickly with troubles, they tip over. If they find a nice wind then almost effortlessly you can get where you need to go. The troubles can come in many forms- spiritual, physical, personal, legal, financial, professional- If you are a physician reading this- I know I don't need to detail them for you, but if you aren't sure here is an evolving conceptual model of factors that affect physician well-being. - click here.
My "recovery" entailed doing a self-inventory of who my authentic physician-self was/is. With introspection, self care, compassion, family, friend, and patient support I was led to start Shaya Precision Health. My clinic aligned with my professional goals, personal needs and wants, as well as my creative personality (if not somewhat tenacious perhaps?). I am protective of my time with my family, protective of my staff, and have clear boundaries. Opening your own practice isn't necessarily a solution. it just happened to be my solution at the time.
I am a physicians advocate. This page is for you, my patients, my colleagues, and friends, to find resources, support and hope. If you need an appointment, please schedule in person with me, or virtually. If you don't see a spot that works for you, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work it out.
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YOUR HEALTH COMES FIRST
- What about your mammogram, pap smear, preventative lab work, colonoscopy, PSA? supplement strategy?
- Don't forget to take care of you. Happy to help, or maybe use this as motivation to put you first and go see your doctor.
- Op-Med is a safe space for free expression and diverse perspective
- I find Op-Med refreshing, thought provoking, enlightening, and feel a sense of solidarity reading the various peer-authors
UPenn Positive Intervention Study
Can you increase your own well-being through a simple activity? This research study, conducted by Dr. Margaret L. Kern at the University of Pennsylvania, will help you find out
TWITTER AS A MENTAL HEALTH TOOL
I find Twitter shows a more authentic physician voice than any other social platform. If you haven't visited your account recently, do it! Unfollow anything that doesn't align with your mental health right now.
#ForPhysicianWellBeing #PhysicianBurnout #PhysicianWellness #PhysicianWellBeing #NAMperspectives #ClinicianWellBeing #BlackMenInMedicine #WomenInMedicine #AgainstClinicianBurnout #FoodForTheSoul #BlackMedTwitter #MedTwitter #EmotionalPPE #MedicaHumor #ModernLove #PhysicianHealth
Here are some TWITTER accounts I find interesting
@forphysician @thenocturnists @TexasHumor@EmotionalPPE @MindfulEveryday @Thrillist @DalaiLama @HerEdit @NasaPersevere @ThisisMyBrave @MindfulMonday @ShayaHealth