Welcome! We hope you enjoy this audiobook on health and self-care.
To use a metaphor, when it comes to their own health, professionals learn about car crashes, not how to avoid them. They aren’t taught about sensible driving, vehicle maintenance, good navigation, or road design - they learn all about illness, not about health.
The audiobook contains lots of material we wished we’d learnt much earlier in our careers, about health and self-care in many aspects of life. It covers aspects of physical health, emotional health, mental health, and health as harmony of being. We look at topics ranging from physical health and the stress response, to the drama triangle, to how life works, to coping with change and loss, and inner stillness, amongst others. Sometimes, we have to re-examine what we have learnt in the past and revise our thinking - "un-learning" a tightly held emotionally cherished belief is a greater challenge than learning a new one.
The material aims to stimulate thinking about important topics, and has been recorded for all professionals. There are a couple of short sections that particularly apply to doctors, but the principles there apply to us all. If it looks as though, a doctor myself, I have been preaching to my colleagues, please forgive me - sometimes you have to be in the same tribe to share a message that could be useful.
Please enjoy the listening, we hope you find it of interest and thought-provoking.
Just a caution - there are five short sections on relaxation or inner peace - please do not drive a vehicle, use machinery, or engage in any task which needs your full attention for these short sections - they are all signposted.
Thank you for your attention, there is a pdf on the website - www.healthandself.care - which contains all the diagrams and references.
Presented by Dr Andrew Tresidder MBBS Cert Med Ed MRCGP (1989)