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How to Survive Even When Times are Tough with Dr. Caroline Walker
Episode 6319th January 2021 • You Are Not A Frog • Dr Rachel Morris
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This week, Dr Caroline Walker joins us on another episode of the COVID-19 Supporting Doctors series to share key strategies you need to learn to keep going through the crisis.

Episode Highlights

[00:56] Our Prospects in 2021

  • Everyone is excited to leave 2020 behind.
  • COVID-19 is still present despite the promise of vaccines.
  • We are experiencing an acute stress response due to scary, threatening or difficult situations.

[04:28] Pacing Ourselves

  • People are too tired to keep going.
  • We need to pace ourselves.
  • It may be hard to take some time off, but we have to look after ourselves.

[07:33] Self-Care Basics

  • Start with the simplest things.
  • Drink water.
  • Eat, sleep and rest well.
  • Do deep breathing exercises.
  • Your self-care methods should be sustainable for your lifestyle.

[11:46] Importance of Breaks and Boundaries 

  • Limit your social media exposure.
  • Don’t worry about missing the news.
  • Learn to set boundaries.

[16:10] Learning to Prioritise

  • Set your emails or phones off at certain times.
  • Learn to do your tasks in batches.

[20:07] Staying Connected

  • Talk and catch up with people who are important to you.
  • Check on your team regularly.

[24:50] Planning and Setting Goals

  • You need to plan and design your life.
  • Permit yourself to pursue things that are important to you.
  • Ask yourself questions to guide you towards your goals

[31:18] Culture of Rushing

  • Caroline recommends the concept of underscheduling.
  • It’s normal to be overbooked, but it is not sustainable nor healthy.
  • When we keep rushing, we lose so much joy and meaning in our life.

[36:28] Strategies to Keep You Going Forward

  • Stay alive and survive, especially during these times.
  • Breathe slowly.
  • Stay connected with others.
  • Stay within your zone of power.

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