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Practice tip of the week: Maintaining a social life as a working physician

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Your weekly dose of wisdom from the Physicians Practice experts.

With all the useful information available on Physicians Practice, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

With this in mind, the tip of the week is a chance to reflect on some of the wisdom found all across the site. In a November 2021 article on maintaining a social life as a working physician, Colin Zhu, DO writes the following:

"If you are doctor struggling with your work and social life, there is a way to find balance between the two. However, it's not as easy as reading this article. Just like any routine or habit, it takes practice, commitment, and consistency.

1). Schedule some personal time

It is important to set aside some time for yourself. Create a schedule and do it on a regular basis. Don’t give yourself breaks just because you have the free time. Instead, make time to fully enjoy these well-deserved breaks.

How you want to spend your “me” time will be entirely up to you. Engage in activities that can help you feel relaxed and revitalized. Do things that will take care of your mental, physical and emotional health.

2). Stay in touch with friends

While there’s nothing wrong hanging around with colleagues and clinicians all day, have a break and call that one friend from the past. We all have that friend whom we’ve always wanted to call but didn’t’ because we were just too busy.

Take a minute and make that phone call. Schedule a quick coffee or join the next reunion! Either way, your social life shouldn’t be limited to your professional circle."

Click here to read the rest of the article and be sure to check back next week for another Tip of the Week!

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