Episode 43: COVID-19 Supporting Doctors. COVID boredom – what should we do? 

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 sixth 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 and other professionals working on the frontline keep their head in the game and stay focussed and resilient. 

In this episode we discuss COVID boredom – yes it’s a thing and yes, it’s possible to be totally bored even while busy. We talk about the factors that are increasing our boredom and think about what we can do to avoid making drastic and rash changes that won’t help.

To combat boredom, we need to connect more to our meaning and purpose in life. Getting busier and busier won’t help, sometimes we need to dig down deeper and stay in the present moment rather than just distracting ourselves with less than helpful coping strategies. 

Changing things up a bit – even just changing your environment or what you eat every day can be helpful. We all need to grow and develop so finding something that offers a challenge can be the best way to beat boredom, be it learning a new skill, taking a course or just doing something outside our comfort zone. 

Our top tips are:

Caroline:

  1. Connect to your meaning
  2. Connect to your purpose

Rachel:

  1. Stay in your zone of power – work out what you have control over
  2. Keep learning and challenging yourself
  3. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

Keep up the good work. Keep your heads. Keep caring. 

Contact Rachel – rachel@wildmonday.co.uk Twitter – @DrRachel Morris

Contact Caroline – caroline@joyfuldoctor.com Twitter @joyful_doctor

You can watch this podcast episode on YouTube here.

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Episode 46 – Default to happy

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Episode 45 – Rest. The final frontier

Rachel is joined by Sheela Hobden, Professional Certified Coach, wellbeing expert and fellow Shapes Toolkit facilitator. We talk about why rest isn’t just important for wellbeing, but important for productivity and creativity too. 

Episode 40 – Leading with tough love with Gary Hughes

In this episode, Rachel is joined by Gary Hughes, author of the book Leadership in Practice, blogger, educator and facilitator who is a Practice Manager by day. We chat about how leadership in the COVID-19 crisis has had to adapt, and the different roles that a leader has had to take.

Episode 37 – How to manage conflict during COVID with Jane Gunn

Rachel is thrilled to welcome back Jane Gunn – lawyer, mediator and expert in conflict resolution who has been known as the Corporate Peacemaker. This episode is for you if the thought of addressing a difficult issue with one of your colleagues send you running for the hills…

Episode 20 – A creative solution to stress with Ruth Cocksedge

In this episode, Rachel is joined by Ruth Cocksedge a Practitioner Psychologist who started her career as a mental health nurse. She practices in Cambridge and has a particular interest in EMDR for PTSD and creative writing as a way to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Episode 11 – The magical art of reading sweary books

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