Think Breathe Move

We are all human and need to keep on top of our wellbeing. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and it is easy to put both on the backburner when you have such a demanding profession. Surgeons, in particular, often feel the need to appear in control and are sometimes unwilling to ask for help or show weakness.

Finding the time to check in on yourself can be tough when you barely have a moment to yourself, but it is vitally important. You can’t pour from an empty cup. 

To help you keep your mental health in check and to always be mindful of your wellbeing, here is a simple three-step process that can help.

Think 

Take a moment to do some self-assessment. You may have been busy at work and neglected something that was bothering you. Stop and think about how you are feeling. Are you happy? Have a chat with yourself (doesn’t have to be out loud) and assess your state of mind.

Breathe

It sounds simple, but taking ten minutes to focus on your breathing can help reduce outside distractions and give you a chance to re-centre yourself. Whether at home or on a break, sit or lie down and concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes. This offers a good opportunity to clear your mind and get yourself ready to face the day again.

Move 

We all know that exercise is important for our mental health as well as our physical health, but that doesn’t mean we don’t neglect it from time to time. When you are busy with patients, exams, or training it can be very hard to find the time for a trip to the gym or a run. But you are doing your mental wellbeing a disservice if you skip on exercise. Even just a brisk walk can do the power of good.

Moon and Back

The wellbeing of our members and colleagues is very important at RCSEd. That’s why we began the Moon and Back campaign. It aims to encourage our surgeons to open up about their mental health.See how you can help your friends, colleagues, and yourself.