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10 tips for looking after yourself

1 When you feel stressed about a case – talk about it to your trainer. A problem shared is not a sign of weakness.

1 When you feel stressed about a case – talk about it to your trainer. A problem shared is not a sign of weakness.

2. Recognise that this really is a very difficult job – if your trainer sometimes makes it look easy, remember that professional musicians or sports stars make their complex task look easy too.

3 A coffee break should not be a luxury. Unless it is absolutely unavoidable, make sure you get a break in the middle of your surgeries – if only for 10 minutes.

4 Exercise is a great way of dissipating the adrenaline that the working day will cause you...

5 ... and works more effectively and safely than depending on a glass of something when you get home.

6 Make sure you are registered with a GP, and preferably not in the practice where you work.

7 Avoid self-medication with drugs that a non-doctor would not have access to.

8 That's so important, I'll repeat it – never self-medicate.

9 Switch off when you switch off – try not to take work home with you.

10 Save any thank you letters you receive – when you doubt if your work is worthwhile, look at them.

Professor David Haslam is president of the RCGP

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