Episode 28: COVID-19 Supporting Doctors: How to deal with our sadness, anger and grief through the crisis with Dr Caroline Walker and Dr Rachel Morris
In this episode of the podcast, Rachel is joined again by Dr Caroline Walker – The Joyful Doctor. Caroline is a Psychiatrist, therapist, specialist in the wellbeing of doctors and host of The Joyful Doctor Podcast.
This is the second in a new series of podcast episodes and videos – COVID-19 Supporting Doctors.
In these very difficult times, Caroline and Rachel are working together to bring you as much support as they can. We’ll be tackling various different topics as they emerge in order to help doctors keep their head in the game and stay focussed and resilient.
In this episode, we talk about the sadness and sense of loss that we are all feeling at the moment. Grief brings with it many different emotions and reactions – from shock and denial through to extreme sadness and anger. Many of us are experiencing a lot of these emotions right now and IT’S OK AND NORMAL to feel like this.
When we suppress our emotions for too long it can be bad for us. We discuss how to release the emotions in a healthy way which doesn’t catch anyone in the crossfire and how accepting what we are feeling and making allowances for others to feel that way too is crucial in times like these.
Our top tips are:
- Feel the emotion
- Vent your anger healthily and safely
- Share your sadness with others – we’re in this together
- Give yourself time and space to allow yourself to experience the emotions and let them settle.
- Make room for joy in your life – even when it’s hard out there
- Make extra allowances for yourself and others
Doctors – we need you more than ever. Keep up the good work. Keep your heads. Keep caring.
Contact Rachel – firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter – @DrRachel Morris
Contact Caroline – email@example.com Twitter @joyful_doctor
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You can watch this podcast episode on YouTube here