Doctor, stop taking life so seriously
Nowadays getting into medical school is difficult to do and those that succeed are usually highly academic with excellent examination results. Because there is so much competition there may well be a culture among medical students and then amongst doctors to take life extremely seriously. Of course there is nothing wrong with this because the responsibility of working as a doctor is huge and the outcome from making a major mistake could be enormous.
Because of the huge pressures put on doctors there may be a tendency for them to work too hard and forget how important it is to spend some time, preferably every day, living life more lightly.
It is said that "laughter is the best medicine," but many doctors seem to forget this and take life very seriously, and do not stop thinking about work for days on end. Whether it's worrying about how they dealt with the last patient, preparing for a presentation to their colleagues, or trying to keep up to date with medical journal reading, life can be very serious when you're a doctor.
So how can you change that? How can you bring more fun and laughter into your life? It all depends what makes you laugh and what you enjoy doing. Perhaps a half hour comedy programme on the television will take your mind off the stresses of your work on the wards. Or you may decide to go to your local cinema, or hire a DVD and get totally absorbed in the story, preferably one that makes you spontaneously laugh.
You may, on the other hand, have a group of friends with whom you enjoy spending some time, exchanging your news in the form of banter and generally laughing about some of the things that have happened you during the week. This is very beneficial because when you see the funny side of some of the serious things that you've had to deal with, you will not be diminishing the importance of your work but will have found a way to deal with the stresses yourself.
Being a doctor is a huge responsibility and you're quite right to take this very seriously. But don't dismiss the importance of relaxation and taking time away from work-related tasks. Bringing some laughter, some fun and some enjoyment into your life on a regular basis is vital for your own health and well-being. How will you start doing this from today?
Doctor, stop taking life so seriously By: Susan Kersley About the Author Retired doctor turned life coach.www.thedoctorscoach.co.ukwww.getreadyforretirement.co.ukwww.youcanchangeyourlife.co.uk (ArticlesBase SC #3388009)