As a foundation doctor, loneliness can be a common experience, especially when you are working long hours and have limited social support. Below are some strategies that can help you manage loneliness effectively:
Connect with Colleagues:
Try to connect with your colleagues at work. If there are opportunities, for example to attend after-work drinks or team lunches, this can help to build a sense of community.
Join Professional Networks:
Joining professional networks, such as medical associations, peer groups or online communities, can help you connect with like-minded individuals and build a support system.
Develop a Hobby:
Developing a hobby or interest outside of work can provide a sense of purpose. Consider joining a club or group that shares your interests. This can also help you to have a place away from work where you can switch off.
When on rotation, you might be placed further away from family and friends. Make a commitment to reach out and text, speak or have a virtual video catchup with at least one of them each day.
Take care of your physical and emotional well-being by engaging in activities that you enjoy, such as exercise, meditation, or reading.
Seeking mentorship from senior doctors can provide you with guidance, support, and a sense of belonging.
Attend Conferences or Workshops:
Attending conferences or workshops can provide you with an opportunity to learn new skills and connect with others in your field.
Seek Professional Support:
If you are struggling with loneliness, consider seeking professional support from a therapist or counsellor. They can provide guidance, support, and practical strategies to help you manage your feelings.
Remember, managing loneliness as a foundation doctor takes time and effort, but by implementing these strategies, you can develop a supportive network and improve your overall well-being.