Staying well during busy locuming periods

26th November 2021 by Dr Hemali Parekh

Staying well during busy locuming periods

These are unprecedented and anxiety promoting times. Covid-19 has brought salaried GPs and GP locums challenges we never thought possible, and this is on top of the usual pressures we face in primary care, especially in the winter. But there is much that can we can do to look after both our physical and mental health in order to prevent becoming unwell.

Some days will be easier than others. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to accept that this is okay.

Maintain a routine

Plan to wake and sleep at the same time each day, aiming for about eight hours of sleep. Also schedule in breaks for meals, relaxation and movement.

Eat healthy nutritious meals

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