We can think of wellness as multidimensional with many spokes. Each spoke is critical to maintaining balance and achieving wellness. By looking at wellness this way, we can see how these elements are interconnected and contribute to how we live. However, emergency physicians may choose to prioritize these spokes in different ways.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 35 – No 01 – January 2016
Each spoke is critical to maintaining balance and achieving wellness.
The Occupational Spoke
1 Are you satisfied with emergency medicine and the job you do in your own department? Remember why you chose emergency medicine as your career. There was something very compelling about becoming an emergency physician. Can you recall what that was? Your aim is to enrich your life through your work in emergency medicine.
The Emotional Spoke
2 Emergency medicine is fast-paced and stressful. As emergency physicians, we have to acknowledge what we are feeling rather than deny our emotions. We may be annoyed with consultants or difficult patients, but we have the power to choose how we will behave and manage these feelings. Being optimistic and maintaining satisfying relationships with others are key to wellness.
The Physical Spoke
3 Exercising enough, eating well, getting adequate sleep, and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting treatment when needed all play a big role in physical wellness. Emergency physicians who are in good shape will reap the psychological benefits of greater self-esteem and self-control.
The Financial Spoke
4 Being financially secure is a key component to your effectiveness as an emergency physician. Part of financial wellness is to develop a plan by establishing goals such as providing for your family, paying your monthly bills, planning for your children’s education, and creating a nest egg that provides for a comfortable retirement and your future.
The Spiritual Spoke
5 What gives you meaning and purpose in emergency medicine? Is it the art of helping and healing? The spiritual dimension will be characterized by times of peaceful harmony interspersed with rocky times of disappointment, doubt, and fear. In emergency medicine, every day we have these experiences that cause us to adapt and bring meaning to our existence.
The Social Spoke
6 How are you relating to others in the emergency department and in your life outside of work? Developing effective relationships with colleagues, patients, friends, and our families indicates social wellness.
The Intellectual Spoke
7 As our specialty changes and evolves, having an open mind in emergency medicine is critical. Sharing what you know with others in the emergency department can be stimulating and serve as a way to challenge yourself.
Take Part in Wellness Week
8 Developing a personal approach for wellness is valuable to every emergency physician. Emergency Medicine Wellness Week 2016 will be seven days of virtual events addressing all seven spokes of wellness, with special offers designed to engage emergency department caregivers in self-care. You can choose which wellness spoke you want to focus on during the event by filling out a pledge card. Electronic articles, daily tweets, and email wellness tips will be showcased during the week.
Join everyone in ACEP for a full course of wellness that will hopefully continue long after Emergency Medicine Wellness Week 2016 is over.