10 Tips for Conquering Stress

As a physician, you not only have to do a lot of things each day but also must be a lot of things that pull you in many directions … passionate about healing while running a profitable business, empathetic to suffering while leading a team, devoted to family while building a demanding career. It’s no wonder you’re stressed!

TMA’s Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) Committee reminds you: You can manage your stress. It will make you a happier person and a better doctor! 

The PHW Committee publishes a collection of courses on physician health in the TMA Education Center. We’ve pulled 10 of our favorite stress-reduction tips from these courses. 

  1. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep — these are major stress relievers.
  2. Keep a sense of humor to help put stressors in perspective. 
  3. Cultivate a peer support system in which you can learn from each other and share the occasional leisure time with like-minded people. 
  4. Identify your core values (Stability? Risk-taking? Flexibility? Family? Responsibility?) and set your priorities accordingly.
  5. Be willing to give up some control in your lower-priority areas.
  6. Accept that life is continually changing, and remember: You can’t control what happens, but you can choose how to respond.
  7. “Hardwire” personal time into your schedule; don’t vaguely schedule it for “later.”
  8. Recognize that happiness is something to pursue and learn, not “find.”
  9. If needed, learn new skills to counteract sources of stress or unhappiness (e.g., leadership or communication skills).
  10. Practice bringing your complete attention to the present moment.

Visit the TMA Education Center to view PHW course materials at no cost. For a low fee, you can earn ethics credit by completing the accompanying test and evaluation. You also can register now for a workshop on stress-reduction techniques and strategies for achieving work-life balance. Physician Resilience: Bouncing Back From the Pressures of Medicine will be in Houston Sept. 10 and San Antonio Oct. 29.

These courses are just one of the ways TMA looks after your well-being. See www.texmed.org/balance/ for more.

Published July 12, 2016

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