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COVID-19 Supporting Doctors. COVID boredom – What Should We Do?
Episode 4314th July 2020 • You Are Not A Frog • Dr Rachel Morris
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In this episode of the podcast, Rachel is joined again by Dr Caroline Walker – The Joyful Doctor. Caroline is a Psychiatrist, therapist, specialist in the wellbeing of doctors and host of The Joyful Doctor Podcast.

This is the sixth in a new series of podcast episodes and videos – COVID-19 Supporting Doctors.

In these very difficult times, Caroline and Rachel are working together to bring you as much support as they can. We’ll be tackling various different topics as they emerge in order to help doctors and other professionals working on the frontline keep their head in the game and stay focussed and resilient. 

In this episode we discuss COVID boredom – yes it’s a thing and yes, it’s possible to be totally bored even while busy. We talk about the factors that are increasing our boredom and think about what we can do to avoid making drastic and rash changes that won’t help.

To combat boredom, we need to connect more to our meaning and purpose in life. Getting busier and busier won’t help, sometimes we need to dig down deeper and stay in the present moment rather than just distracting ourselves with less than helpful coping strategies. 

Changing things up a bit – even just changing your environment or what you eat every day can be helpful. We all need to grow and develop so finding something that offers a challenge can be the best way to beat boredom, be it learning a new skill, taking a course or just doing something outside our comfort zone. 

Our top tips are:


  1. Connect to your meaning
  2. Connect to your purpose


  1. Stay in your zone of power – work out what you have control over
  2. Keep learning and challenging yourself
  3. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

Keep up the good work. Keep your heads. Keep caring. 

Contact Rachel – Twitter - @DrRachel Morris

Contact Caroline – Twitter @joyful_doctor

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