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Health and Self-Care.

Inner Balance for an Effective Life
For Health Professionals


Health and Self-care for Health Professionals

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About Us

What's in the book?

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 doctors writing, the principles apply to anyone interested in health and self care - please enjoy!


Our Health Mission

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. We learn much less about health. 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


Doctors' Health Matters!

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 personal study on this important topic!


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!

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 

On p7 you may wish to look at A Family Is….(less than 3 minutes)

Perennial wisdom to remind us of the importance of honouring connections


For Ch 33, Poem of Gratitude, A Wish for Life, feel free to access this short piece exploring popular philosophy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scK3wg6heCw

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


Finally - what's life about? what are we learning? Life’s a Journey is a reminder of perennial wisdom to remind us of the importance of honouring life as a journey of learning


Health and Self-Care in Print


If you have found the book useful, please feel free to make a small donation to the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund https://rmbf.org/donate

Any comments or feedback is welcome to andrew@healthandself.care  We are considering a companion volume to be web based only.

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 online purchase, please visit http://www.thebookrest.biz/shop/non-fiction/sciences/tresidder-andrew---health--self-care-inner-balance-for-an-effective-life.htm

Or if you'd like the pleasure of visiting nice bookshops, then please visit the Chard Bookshop in Pig Lane, Chard, Somerset TA20. Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton Somerset, TA20 UK or The Book rest, 4 West Street Ilminster TA19 9AA

For purchases of 10 copies or more, at special rates for bulk orders, please contact andrew@healthandself.care