Inner Balance for an Effective Life
For Health Professionals
Inner Balance for an Effective Life
For Health Professionals
Health and Self-Care: Inner Balance for an Effective Life, is now available to download free from
Below is a free download of all the diagrams mentioned in the audio version
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcasts are hosted by Andrew and Somerset GP and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group colleague Dr Peter Bagshaw are on somersetemotionalwellbeing.castos.com or on all usual podcast sites such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple, iTunes, and others.
Andrew is Dr Rachel Morris' guest on the popular You are not a Frog podcast youarenotafrog.com/episode-77 talking about Heath and Self-Care - why we don't! (Denial, Displacement and Self Neglect...)
Health and Self-care for Health Professionals
Inner balance for an Effective Life (Size - 9mb) - currently works on tablets and laptops, sorry but page sizes don't work well on mobiles ye
We'll find thoughts and comments from a number of experienced medical and other professionals. It covers health as a concept, hardware body and software being, doctors as patients, self-care and physical health, aspects of psychological health and relationships, including the Drama Triangle, the Inner Smile exercise, Medical Mindfulness, and Compassion in Healthcare. There are some short sections on retuning our software being, top tips for doctors at work, and as patients, and an Emotional Health Strategy.
Please don't accept everything in the book uncritically, please maintain a friendly curiosity and make up your own mind about the areas we discuss. Some content should interest you, some may inspire you, and some even irritate you a little! - but this is all to stimulate debate on topics many people feel important.
Although we are mainly doctors writing, the principles apply to anyone interested in health and self care - please enjoy!
What's new in 1.5? pp38-39 on the Autonomic Nervous System have been updated to include a ready table of effects, and the HeartMath Traffic Light system. Also one deliberate mistake - Sympathetic Arousal makes our pupils dilate, not constrict. had you spotted that deliberate mistake? Also pp49-51 take an updated view of effect of the environment upon health
We really think that making the content easily available is important - hence the free download! However if you'd like to buy a hard copy to curl up with in your favourite chair, or just to browse 'screen-free', for purchase, please visit Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton Somerset, TA1 4ER or please scroll to the bottom of page.
Ask the general public "Do Health Professionals know all about Health?" - and many people will say "Of course they do". Ask a hundred people how they are - and they say "Fine". Fearful, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotionally Imbalanced (Denial). Ask a hundred doctors, nurses, mothers or managers how they are - and they can't answer - they're too busy putting oxygen masks onto other people (metaphorically) - (Displacement).
These two D's lead into Doctor's occupational Illnesses - the Three D's - Drink, Drugs and Depression - as well as Distress, Despair, Disillusionment, Discipline, Debt, Divorce or Death. But if we understand the territory, we don't have to sleepwalk into danger - we can take proactive steps to achieve and maintain our own health, and to have a successful journey in life.
Our aim is to empower you. Health Professionals learn many things about illness and disease - about car crashes. We learn much less about health - how to avoid car crashes, by sensible driving, good vehicle maintenance, wise navigation and careful road design. This free book aims to explore the concept of health, cover some of the areas we wish we'd learnt at Medical School, and encourage you to explore further! - and help you help yourself! Please enjoy!
Health and Self Care is compiled by Dr Andrew Tresidder, a GP and GP Appraiser with experience in Medical School teaching (Bristol), Pastoral Care and support of Doctors (SouthWest England), and past Mental Health, Police and Prison work. He has shared widely on Health and Self Care for the BMA Local Engagement Project, NHS England RO's and Appraisers, GPs and GP Trainers, SAS Doctors, Consultants, F1's, Medical Students and other professional groups
Some short Youtube clips on the topic:
Professional Health 1: Health, the Carer’s D’s, Physical Health, Stress and the Fight and Flight response. Some answers including a simple practice for inner calm https://youtu.be/nrAQGMolqbk
Professional Health 2: Psychological Health: Understanding Loss and Change, the 'What Ifs' and 'If Onlys', and the Drama Triangle helps us navigate some of the strong emotional states we feel at times of challenge https://youtu.be/l4Y14kc0E5Q
Self-care is really important! We all know to put fuel into the car, to make sure we have an income into our bank account - but many of us ignore the Bank of Health. We continually take out, and forget to put in - what we forget is that if we keep taking out, sooner or later the Health Account becomes seriously overdrawn - and we become unwell. Come, let's try and avoid this! Please download the free booklet and browse - and remember to award yourself CPD credits for any personal study.
Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System is vital to our health - Prof David Peters, (Editor of the Journal of Holistic Healthcare from the British Holistic Medical Association) has produced this excellent presentation titled
Burnout: A Symptom of a Paradigm Collapse? covering many aspects
Come, let's begin at p5 - just scroll back to download!
Andrew has produced some youtube clips and short films to help illustrate sections of the book - feel free to enjoy!
New in 2022! Safe and Still compliments p9, pp38-42 and p146
Nature Nurtures the Soul - a webinar given for NHS Practitioner Health
https://www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk/webinars-and-podcast scroll down to Nature Nurtures the Soul, and skip to 03:45
For an introduction to Andrew this youtube video on The Emotional Effects of Cancer might help, from the 2018 Children with Cancer Conference in Westminster https://youtu.be/CI1vqCN2jBQ?t=18789
It particularly relates to Ch19 How Life Works and also Ch26 Changing Weather Fast - beware, the video is about 25 minutes long, so make sure you are sitting comfortably
If you wish to learn more about software retuning tools, such as in Ch 27, you might enjoy the exploration on Drops from Nature - 7 minutes of joy, exploring how flower essences can help us. Beautifully filmed by Charles Wood, and interviewed by Rebecca Pow
and a paper published introducing Software Being at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276185030_Vibrational_Medicine_Allopathic_Medicine_Flower_Essence_Use_and_Paradigms_and_Challenges_in_Healthcare
Summer 2020 -new videos:, hosted on SGPET website
Looking after your Professional Health Part 1- lessons in self care with Dr Andrew Tresidder for everyone working in health and care( Anytime video presentation and downloadable slide-set)
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/nrAQGMolqbk
Target Learners: Everyone working in health and care
In this 14 minute online presentation Dr Andrew Tresidder, Somerset CCG Clinical Lead on Pastoral Care for Front Line Staff and Practitioner Health SW Lead Clinician, will help you understand more about how our bodies and behaviours respond to stress, and what symptoms might affect us. Expert advice, simple steps, exercises and resources will help you aim for health, reduce stress and prevent burnout. Build on what you learn here in Part 2.
Looking after your Professional Health Part 2- further lessons in self care with Dr Andrew Tresidder for everyone working in health and care( Anytime video presentation and downloadable slide-set)
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/l4Y14kc0E5Q
Target Learners: Everyone working in health and care. Can be viewed on its own or as a follow-on from Part1.
Description: Working in health and care is hard work. We all need ways to understand and process the highs and lows in ways that help us look after ourselves. In this 12 minute online presentation Dr Andrew Tresidder, Somerset CCG Clinical Lead on Pastoral Care for Front Line Staff, and Practitioner Health SW Lead Clinician, will help you understand ways of thinking about and managing change and loss. The Drama Triangle will help you understand and manage the different ways we interact with patients, families and colleagues and signposts to useful resources will allow you to continue your learning about self care and how we look after each other.
Professional health 3
Caring has a Cost – Compassionate Care starts with Compassionate Self care. A reminder of all the components of compassionate care, health for all professionals and carers, adjusting to change and how life works, inner stillness, separating work and home, avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue, and spring cleaning for empathic souls. The whole presentation is delightfully accompanied by some stunning images from nature, courtesy of Julian Barnard of Healing Herbs
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