New Year’s Resolution 15: Pluck it and see

It is the time of year when we try to improve ourselves with ideas to be better. Dr. Chris Luke begins his full-time role IMT and plan 2022. Plan 15

So, here we are, again, at the time of the calendar change, as we turn to reflect on the past year, predictions of the coming year and New Year’s Resolutions or NYRs – the ‘annual adjustments’ – most of us know. to use our lives. I doubt that ‘good-bye-and-take-out’ (the most obvious placement on the internet) will be an analysis of annus horribilis, 2021. And, while I hate being a destructive Killjoy, I can hardly imagine anyone predicting 2022 predictions should affect economic growth, economic downturn and significant reduction (for workers, houses and objects depending on the long chain).

I would have been quick, but honestly, my NYR could be playing a new Irish type 30 Seconds, a Trivial-Pursuit-at-speed board game, which I had with my family for generations over the holidays. But because of the year that has been in it (the 40th since I got my MB, and at least the 25th that I have given up on medical problems), I have to give myself a sense of self-improvement to seriously consider how we live. active tiptoe in 2022. (Hey, you already scored a new gig! -Ed)

It’s easy to worry about your health needs when dealing with the aging pain and loss of caregivers, but, my biggest concern – for years – is still a shortage of health workers, everywhere. Surprisingly, because I had to leave the frontline of the health profession (at least, a little, in the emergency department) to work faster, the shortcomings I found affect the late affect of schools (such as schools. One where my wife works), and one or two places their favorite, who have been forced to close due to lack of staff.

However, I was watching the health workers in all parts of the Irish Sea, so I immediately noticed a “good storm” described recently by Matthew Taylor, CEO of NHS Confederation, when talking about ‘Covid hospital’. disease acceptance rises dramatically along with the increasing number of future health workers ’or isolation. Some UK hospitals are in need of 2,000 staff members, more than 6,000 Irish health workers (or approximately 6%) have resigned due to Covid-19, and there are fears that up to 25% of UK workers may be on leave within a few weeks.

I have been here for a long time to feel satisfied (despite the constant frustrations), to believe that I have everything I need, and to be very grateful for what I have (especially past and present relationships with other people). But I am also old enough to be a doctor and patient who highly values ​​the influence of kind friends, impressive advances in technology, and the incredible rapid development of vaccines in recent months. As a result, this January, I am more interested than ever about the changes in my lifestyle that may make my life better and avoid the long wait for me to see a tired therapist, whether they are old friends or not.

The problem is that, like many older physicians, I do not even doubt the Youth Number for Treatment, and, as an OEP (senior emergency physician) recovering after years of exhaustion, I admit that I tend to be skeptical. about fashion or new expensive cures.

The antidote to my criticism came as it usually does from the air, or ‘ether’, if you will (i.e. the radio I love happily). And, similarly, it came from the mouths of people I love, admire and trust. In particular, listening to this week’s program about late, really good, Dr. Anthony Clare, with whom I had a brief affair when I became a fan of his BBC Radio 4 series, In the Chair of the Psychiatrist, as he politely asked prominent guests. The piece was about his ‘Seven Things of Happiness’, and it also mentioned Clare’s forgotten rules to prevent unhappiness or fatigue.

The rules were described by his former radio ‘patients’ and can be summed up as follows: “Be ambitious, be part of something bigger than you, avoid excessive self-examination, accept the necessary changes, live for the moment, evaluate your happiness, and take action. happy. ” It was all very interesting, but although it was fun to hear her voice, the rules were hard and hard to remember.

And last week I read a refreshing article written by Tim Harford, my favorite financial translator, how he also highlighted the appeal of the NYRs and the need for ‘long-term sustainability’ if new habits are to be found. strengthen. He identified four factors that contribute to a good choice in ethical textbooks: formulating a stable system (e.g., ‘reducing 4kg’), eliminating obstacles (such as having four toast and jams every morning), sticking to just one idea. (don. ‘to make a list), and try to’ change ‘a bad habit (less crowded, perhaps) before you have trouble creating new ones.

But, of course, for many skeptics, there is the issue of metrics. We therapists communicate in a language based on stories and numbers, and we are exposed to facts and statistics that appear daily in medical records, watches and magazines. And often the ‘correct’ number will not be accepted (e.g. Professor Niall Moyna, an exercise specialist at DCU, commented in an RTÉ interview on New Year’s Eve, when asked about the ‘10,000 steps per day’ that were ‘appreciated’ a few years ago. He added that ’10 to 12,000 ‘is probably the best part. Even with the agreement on the appropriate groups, the amount of personal data (such as BMI, BP, PSA, TSH or LDL) can be difficult to follow, which may be why many patients are confused, while many older doctors try to keep their guidelines simple. co-workers and patients alike in recognizing one simple number, starting or level, which should not be ignored.

The number one concept of meaning is very appealing. Human history has important numbers, such as: 1 (the number of known gods in Ireland of my youth), 3 (a very interesting, complex and memorable number of events, ideas or characters that the audience can easily understand.), 7 (number large ‘sacred’ or ‘fortunate’ in most cultures), 10 (fixed number of human fingers or numbers, and the basis of many arithmetic systems), 22 (strange rule or ‘touch’ says you can’t be crazy if you want to avoid going crazy) , or 42 (well-known, the answer to the ‘big question of life, nature and everything’ from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), etc. at infinity.

So, what about my real idea? Well, I have decided to do what most politicians and professionals seem to have done for the past year, which is to remove the number from the ether and stick to the painful end. And I will use this number for two reasons: first and foremost I remind myself that jobs and statistics have been shown (my satisfaction, by the people I rely on) to reduce major health problems: loneliness, alcoholism, obesity, depression, falls, accidents, hangover and relationship problems. And second, try to persuade others to do the same, to reduce the pressure on tired and needy medical professionals, and to remind everyone that these caregivers are becoming more and more important.

What is my magic number? Well in 2022, my reference number will be 15, and I want to stick to this figure as I follow the reliable advice provided by my favorite topics. I use number 15 to remind me: the number of seconds I need to breathe slowly when I get very stressed; the few minutes I have to spend every day talking to a friend, walking the dog, doing a little garden or outdoor DIY, working up a sweat, and reading a book; the amount of minutes I should spend each day on social media; the number of hours a day when I will try to stop my eating, to give my stomach and pancreas a respite; thousands of steps that I have to walk every day, at least; the number of days I recommend for people to abstain from alcohol each month; the number of books I want to read this year; the weeks I want to wait before seeing my new habits; and – finally – the number of health workers on sick leave who I feared might be dangerous.

You can have your own magic number. Why not break it up and see if it works for you?

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