Volunteering.. it’s free, it’s fun and it’s fulfilling!
One of the proudest moments I’ve had this year was when I was a volunteer doctor for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It allowed me to meet new people and engage with different cultures as well as provide a beneficial service.
We’re so lucky, in Queensland there are some great initiatives out there that are desperately in need of volunteers. From being a Bunnings BBQ volunteer, to Christmas gift wrapper for the Leukaemia Foundation, to volunteering for the Cerebral Palsy League’s upcoming show, there’s plenty out there!
Whether it’s an hour of your time, or a weekend, by volunteering you get the opportunity to socialise with new people as well as lending a helping hand. All of which feel very satisfactory and leave a positive impact on mental health.
If you have any concerns or would like to find out more please pop by and see me in clinic.
And what a week it’s been for me! From general medicine to contraceptive coil fittings to filming a new promotional video to lots of cosmetic treatments! 💉
My top tip for this week is to take some time looking after you. Very often in clinic I have patients coming in with burnout or work stress, whilst we can’t always control our workflow, it is possible to make effort spending our free time effectively to benefit our health. This could be as easy as meeting with a few friends or a paddle in the local pool or a trip to the beach 🏊♂️ If you are suffering from burnout or stress don’t bottle it up. Help is out there. Please come by and see me in clinic if you have any concerns or would like more information.