During periods of stress, self-care—the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness—is more important than ever. This pandemic is no exception. Whether you are trying to learn telemedicine to keep your practice running during a “shelter in place order,” training to assist your local hospital, or worried about loved ones who are sick, these are unprecedented times for ophthalmologists.
The key to self-care is actively seeking out what makes you feel better. Whether that is connecting with others, quiet time alone or being physically active, schedule time every day for yourself. Here are some ways to do this.
Also, remember to focus on good news too. One example: how Drew Oetting, the son of Iowa City ophthalmologist Thomas A. Oetting, is helping to source critical medical supplies needed by hospitals.
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