For DIY or on-the-spot coping support, apps can help physicians get through the day. Apps and websites that offer guided meditations and other relaxation tools include, , and . Before downloading, look for special discounts and promotions for healthcare workers.
Additionally,is a free, secure app designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that includes tools to help you cope with stress and stay well, safe, healthy, and connected. It also offers advice on navigating parenting, care giving, and working from home while social distancing, quarantined, or sheltering in place.
For practicing daily gratitude,is a free app that offers journaling prompts, themes, reminders, and unlimited private space to record one’s thoughts.
Adopt a ritual
Although self-care for physicians is more crucial now than ever, it can look different for every individual. Along the same lines as keeping a journal, wellness experts often recommend beginning a “gratitude practice” to help provide solace and perspective.
Tweak and personalize these activities to suit your own needs, but be sure to use them even when you’re feeling well, said, medical director of palliative care and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
One exercise she recommends is known as. “Every day, at the end of the day, think about three good things that have happened,” she explained. “You can always find the joys. And the joys don’t have to be enormous. There is joy – there is hope – in everything,” Dr. Karlekar said.
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