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10 tips for coping with stress as a GP

Professor David Haslam is a PMETB board member and former RCGP chair

Professor David Haslam is a PMETB board member and former RCGP chair

1 Exercise regularly ­ it's what you tell your patients to do, so stop making excuses

2 Make sure you discuss problem cases with your trainer, rather than lying awake worrying about them

3 It's okay to own up to feeling stressed ­ general practice is a difficult and worthwhile job

4 Burnout isn't just the result of stress, it's the result of mismanaged stress

5 Save any thank-you letters you get and look at them when you feel undervalued

6 Tell other people when you think they do something well ­ positivity breeds positivity, but most of us only comment when things go wrong

7 Remember that the graveyards are full of indispensable people

8 If you feel really stressed, use a stress management diary to find out why

9 Don't ever self-prescribe drugs that aren't available to your patients over-the-counter

10 Make sure you are registered with a good GP

 

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