Why do we do such a bad job at resident wellness? I thought I would be better at this but am finding am finding it impossibly hard.
This past month I’ve back in the hospital as the senior resident on the inpatient service — it is wearing on me.
First, I need to say that it’s not all bad. There are many moments of laughter and fulfilling patient interactions.
But I’m definitely feeling the physical and emotional exhaustion. Frustration, anger, and cynicism have been quickly sneaking in to my day. My body is constantly tired which has become resistant to coffee. I have a cold that I can’t seem to kick. I can’t make it all the way up hill on my bike ride home anymore. I’ve completely lost my yoga practice. I’ve lost my appetite for fruits and vegetables. And I haven’t been sleeping well, tossing and turning anxious about my patients and possible mistakes I’ve made.
Today, I hit my threshold for lack of my own wellness.
Tomorrow is a new day with a new plan: short yoga practice first thing, morning vitamins (multi and D), green juice for breakfast (no more bagel & butter), grapes and pomegranates for snacks, kombucha for hydration. It will be a new day.
Resident wellness is something we need to get better at…. check out this project for more.