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Resilience in Uncertain Times

I listened to this podcast episode this morning and it was exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been feeling really un-focussed this past week or two. I work from home usually, and am typically quite disciplined, but the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going to be happening with schools/childcare, feeling guilty about not working as a proper pharmacist, and my husband also working from home has made me feel completely un-moored. Well maybe not completely, but definitely not my usual self. I trust that I’m just going through a readjustment period, but I’ve got to say that the readjustment kind of sucks a bit.

This podcast was what I needed because I found it balanced two things really well. It acknowledged the chaos without being alarmist, and it provided practical strategies for getting through that chaos, without the superficial “take this time to learn a hobby” or “marie kondo the house” type stuff.

I’m not saying that I find myself completely focussed and ready to write a chapter of my thesis after listening to it. But it did firm my resolve that it is resilience that is important in uncertain times. We can help make ourselves feel more capable and more resilient by making a contribution. Helping others in whatever way we can and supporting one another.

I’m sure that many of you who are working in clinical practice know very well that you’re making a contribution at the moment; the challenge for you will probably more likely be managing that contribution and effort so that you can sustain it over time without burning out.

The only bit of it that I do not endorse is the CBD oil sponsorship bit and the claim that making a spray water soluble would make it better absorbed…not so sure about that. I think its more about the size of the droplets. Anyways, other than that, I think this is a really honest conversation about dealing with the world as it is today. If you’re feeling like me lately, give it a listen and see what you think.