New Year resolutions

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Well, we have just welcomed in 2017 and can I take this opportunity to wish all Univadis readers and everyone else, a healthy and happy New Year. As we all return to work switch on and log in to our computers, our thoughts will drift into what 2017 will bring us. Irrespective of where we work in the NHS, I am sure it will be a bumpy ride for all of us in 2017. In primary care, I suspect morale will remain low and the pressures will continue to relentlessly increase. This year, we will have to contend with the unknown impact of Brexit as well as ongoing austerity and all the other numerous political uncertainties that we will have to face.

In light of these problems, looking at this from a primary care perspective, what should our New Year’s resolution(s) be? Despite the huge pressures and workload issues we will undoubtedly have to face, I think it is important to further increase our personal resilience and try and create robust mechanisms to help us deal with the everyday stress we face. Of course GPs and their staff are not the only ones with a stressful job; the vast majority of any workforce is at risk of work related stress. It is a very personal method in how you deal with stress and everyone is different but it is worth thinking of developing suitable coping mechanisms. Perhaps it is worth us all reviewin...