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:

Caroline 

  • Feel the emotion
  • Vent your anger healthily and safely
  • Share your sadness with others – we’re in this together

Rachel

  • 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 – rachel@wildmonday.co.uk Twitter – @DrRachel Morris

Contact Caroline – caroline@joyfuldoctor.com Twitter @joyful_doctor

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Podcast links

Coronavirus wellbeing support for doctors Facebook group

You can watch this podcast episode on YouTube here 

The Joyful Doctor Website www.joyfuldoctor.com 

Shapes for Doctors Website www.shapesfordoctors.com

You Are Not A Frog website www.youarenotafrog.co.uk 

Tea and empathy Facebook group

The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living by Russ Harris

BMA Wellbeing Service 

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme

Sign up for downloadable CPD reflection forms plus more tools and resources

For more episodes of You are not a frog, check out our website You Are Not A Frog Podcasts and sign up to our mailing list here for loads of useful resources about thriving at work. 

Follow Rachel on twitter @DrRachelMorris or LinkedIn and find out more about her online and face to face courses for doctors on surviving and thriving at work at www.shapesfordoctors.com or for other organisations at www.shapestoolkit.co.uk  

Other Podcasts

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

In this episode, Rachel is joined once again by Dr Liz O’Riordan, the ‘Breast Surgeon with Breast Cancer’, TEDx speaker, author, blogger, triathlete and all round superstar who has been nominated for ‘Woman of the Year’.

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