Here at Ochre Recruitment, we know that our doctors, whether they are working permanent medical jobs or locum medical jobs, are very busy, and that balancing professional and personal commitments can be difficult and sometimes stressful. With so many patients to see and follow-ups to do, and so much paperwork to fill out, doctors can find it challenging to maintain their own personal wellbeing – and when doctors don’t feel their best, they can’t work their best. To help our doctors manage their work-life balance while they’re undertaking medical jobs in Australia, we’ve gathered some tips for making sure they take care of themselves at home, so that they can provide the best patient care at work:
1. Take care of your body. Medical professionals know how important regular exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep are for maintaining physical and mental health. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep, eating fresh fruit and veg, and exercising at least 3 times a week can help build physical strength, enhance energy levels, and boost your mood, making it easier to get through a day’s work without crashing. Scheduling, and prioritising time for sleep, a workout, or for home cooking and meal prepping, will help you build a healthy routine and stick to it. Australia has thriving fitness and food cultures, so wherever you are working, you’ll be able to find a scenic hiking trail, a bicycle track, a running group, yoga class, or a gym, and healthy eateries, or a market to buy your fresh groceries from.
2. Take care of your mind. Practicing mindfulness can be beneficial for both concentrating at work and relaxing at home. Taking 5-10 minutes to breathe deeply, focus on your senses, and ground yourself in the present moment (whether you are about to see a patient, or about to make dinner), helps to settle your mind, and decrease distractions, allowing you to work more efficiently, or get the break you really need. Also, always schedule some “me time” to do the things that you love. Whether it’s cooking, hiking, knitting, reading, spending time with friends and family, or watching a film, taking time to do what’s important to you personally will give you a mental boost, and enable you to have a proper break before launching back into work. Make a list of your favourite pastimes, and try to do one of them every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.
3. Delegate tasks. Where possible, try to delegate surplus tasks so that you don’t end up taking on more work than it is necessary or reasonable for you to do on your own. Often, it’s possible to get help from administrative staff, practice nurses, medical assistants with extra tasks like paperwork and follow-ups. It is important also to remember that you can say “no” to additional tasks that would overload your schedule and bring you unnecessary physical or mental strain.
4. Take breaks. When you can, try to take a break by getting outside for some fresh air, making a cup of tea or coffee, or chatting to a co-worker. Try not to schedule back-to-back appointments from 8am to 5pm. Grab 10 minutes for yourself where you can, walk around the block, read a book or an article, and take a lunch break.
5. Manage your time. Keeping a diary or daily planner can be a fantastic aid in figuring out how much time you are spending on work, and how much you time are reserving for yourself and your interests. With a visual layout (perhaps with a simple colour coding system so you can easily see when you are working, and when you are on your own time), you can make sure that there is a balance between your professional activities and your personal activities. It’s also important to create a strong divide between work and home and identify “switch-off points” where you leave work behind and stick to them. Ochre Recruitment will work with you to achieve your perfect work-life balance. We have access to all the best medical jobs in Australia, and we can provide a full service for doctors including booking flights, accommodation and other logistics.
With over 15 years of experience, and our wealth of industry knowledge and 24-hour support – we’re contactable at any time to help you find your perfect fit – as well as helping with the direction and progression of medical careers all over the country, get in touch with Ochre Recruitment today and find your perfect work/life balance working as a locum.