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Nathalie Martinek PhD @NatsforDocs
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I mentor & coach physicians on their wellbeing & how to use their energy wisely.

Just as there are people called to work in healthcare, it's my calling to serve those who help people in their most vulnerable times & phases of life to continually have the capacity to do it.
Somewhere along the journey to becoming a physician, students started believing that they should be able to handle everything they're exposed to & developed messy coping habits that impact on their ability to connect with others & self in healthy ways.
Healers need healers otherwise they will fail to recognise how their own suffering can become a source of wisdom to apply in their work with patients & in supporting their peers/colleagues. Instead, personal suffering or denial of it, can take one's mind into dark places.
Burnout in medicine is only part of the story. The other parts that are often glossed over are traumatic experiences from witnessing adverse events, being on the receiving end of abusive behaviour & pitfalls of empathic engagement. This is big stuff that needs exposure too.
Burnout is important subject matter to preserve health professional wellbeing but it's also a cover up for some underlying problems that reveal gaps in training, leadership & personal development that transforms a physician into a powerful healer.
I'm not a doctor, not the medical kind anyway, yet I've observed & listened to things done in the name of patient care that negatively impacts on existential wellbeing. So many are afraid to discuss or challenge status quo & find themselves having to practice in ways...
...that go against their integrity. This to me is a type of unintentional self-harm & they carry the burden of their actions as a punishment against the self until they're able to see the teaching, forgive themselves & feel at peace with the past.
Ignoring existential distress from what's been witnessed & done in the name of science, medicine or not seeing the bigger picture contributes to the issues cloaked within burnout literature & continued stigma around mental health & wellbeing.
The vow to do no harm has to apply to the self, within systems as well as with how we treat others. Do what's necessary to bring love back into yourself, your past and your present. Your lives matter. Your stories matter. We need you.

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