Self-care Checklist

The following list is not a validated questionnaire but if you find yourself frequently answering “yes” to the following questions, then perhaps it is time to offload a little and connect into the GP Support programme, by using the voucher for counselling you receive as part of this programme:

  • Do you feel overworked?
  • Do you feel undervalued for the work you do?
  • Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning for fear of what you will have to deal with that day?
  • Does your heart sink when you see your appointment list?
  • Do you get to the end of each day and feel overwhelmed by the burden of your patient’s problems?
  • Are you deliberately trying to spend less time with patients?
  • In managing problems do you find yourself just going by the book rather than creatively meeting the individual needs of your patients?
  • Do you have difficulty expressing your true feelings and instead talk in generalities?
  • Do you ‘intellectualise’ your feelings when dealing with difficult emotional situations, thereby minimising your personal involvement?
  • Do you joke about or disparage your patients?
  • Do you expect too much of yourself, taking your successes for granted and berating yourself for your failures?
  • Do you pour out your troubles to your staff?
  • Do you self-medicate?
  • Do you feel isolated from your colleagues?
  • Do you spend more time in your room and less time talking to colleagues?