On Friday, the medical school put on a 'Well-Being Day' for the fourth and fifth years in order to unwind and learn the best ways to look after ourselves through the pressures of training and working in medicine. One of the speakers talked about the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' actions from NEF, one of which is to 'take notice' of what's going on around us. I feel like this weekly (usually!) post is a good example of taking notice of the little things that make life better. So to the other bloggers out there doing similar posts, you're all one step closer to wellbeing!
Here are some of the things I've enjoyed this week...
1. Chair Massage at the Well-Being Day. I was lucky enough to have signed up in time to be able to book myself a half-hour massage during the day. It was just what I needed to un-knot my tight back and shoulder muscles and I left feeling so much better.
2. Lunchtime walks by the river during GP placement. Fortunately I don't have to work through my lunchtimes like the other staff at the practice, so I've been making the most of my breaks by getting out in the fresh air for a stroll along the nearby river. There are always lots of other people walking or sitting to eat their lunch outside and I try to smile and say hello to as many as possible!
3. Reading in the sunshine with my housemates. With Friday afternoon being such lovely weather, we took a blanket and our books out to a nearby grassy spot and sat in the sunshine for a short while. While relaxing on your own is nice, sometimes it's better to have some company - especially as 'connecting' is another of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing!
4. Perfectly timing my train back to Bristol. This never usually happens to me if I haven't booked one - I either just miss one, or turn up far too early for the next. So after a long day at the GP, it was great to hear a train pull into the station just as my ticket finished printing from the machine - I had been expecting to miss that train and have to wait half an hour for the next. It was also an added bonus that I managed to find an unreserved seat and was sat in the right carriage and not one of the ones that were going to split off at the next station!
5. Really cheerful music in the mornings. I've been leaving the house at 7.10am each morning and not really seeing anyone I know besides the staff at the GP pratice all day, so I haven't always been in the best of moods every morning. This week though I started taking my iPod with me on the bus and it's amazing what a difference a bit of Beyoncé can make to a morning!
What have you enjoyed this week?