I’ve heard multiple residents, who are concerned about their wellness, say, “I just have to get through residency, and then things will get better”.

My response? “No, they won’t”.

They look surprised. And sad. Because how can it not get better? No more conferences, no requirements to work 50 hours a week. No more attendings to argue with.

But things won’t get better………unless you actively decide to make them better. It’s very compelling to pick up extra shifts once you see those high hourly rates. Also, we want our colleagues and bosses to like us, so we don’t say ‘no’ to those extra hours as they pile up. Join a committee? Sure, I guess I could join one…or two….or three….

Both in residency and beyond, you have choices. Only you can decide how you spend your extra time and energy. Don’t wait for wellness. It can start today. If you let it.

WEEKLY WELLNESS TIP: This week, don’t wait for wellness. Consider making decisions that make you happy and well today.