It is well known that GPs suffer from stress and that this can affect our performance. Under-perform in high level sport, or as a company CEO and you may get a slating in the press or even sacked. Under-perform as a GP and you may get sued. Knowing this just adds to the stress.
As a full-time GP partner working in a busy, urban, triage-led practice, Jim* is not immune to stress. There are days when he feels utterly spent; overwhelmed by the sheer volume and complexity of his work. The irony hangs heavily: he spends his life helping his patients, but acknowledges he is woeful at helping himself.
He was sleeping terribly, drinking too much caffeine and alcohol; he was overweight and rarely exercising. He was turning into a problem patient, heeding none of the advice he was dishing out on a daily basis. He was surviving at work, but he wasn’t thriving.
*changed name for privacy