Like every other person, health providers need to deal with the constant demand to find balance between the professional and personal aspects of life. This can be more challenging when your work routine includes unusual schedules, lack of sleep, a very competitive work environment and extremely high standards of performance, with possible high stakes consequences for mistakes. The long years of studying and training impose a heavy burden – physically, psychologically, financially – and not always we have the resources and support we deserve.
Working in health care can be very rewarding and meaningful. But at the same time, you are daily faced with emotionally demanding situations, high levels of stress and frustration and constant proximity with human suffering. The culture of the medical professions dictates that you should be able to regulate your emotions and “keep them out of the way”. Easier said than done, right?
How do you take care of yourself? How do you refill your oxygen tank? How do you recharge your batteries to face the next day?
I have been working with health professionals since 2007, both in my private practice and in different institutions. I have been studying and researching Medical Education both in my Master Degree and now my PhD. My research deals with the influence of emotions on the way doctors think, learn and work. I designed, implemented and coordinated a mentoring program for medical residents at Sao Paulo University Hospital. This experience provided me with a deeper understanding of what it takes to navigate medical training and practice, and what type of help is beneficial for those involved in medical care.