Dear readers, colleagues. I am starting my career as a medical doctor who has chosen her first job as a physician at small missionary clinic in Eldoret, Kenya. For most of us, our work is a mission in which we want to help where it is needed, we want to feel like we‘re doing something meaningful, and we try our best often to the detriment of our own needs. Doctor‘s work is usually infinite. It is not enough that we have a full-time job with multiple overtime or shifts, but also at home there are additional demands for help or advice from our friends or family. The work in Kenya showed me this reality in it‘s extreme form, thanks which I was able to reconsider my action and priority. After work I was tired of examining many patients with difficult life issues, at home I had to be at the disposal for my husband with the children until I completely forgot about my needs and how to get back spent energy. Oftentimes, I felt like I was just giving, helping others, and noone provided the same for me. It was the first burnout not even after the first year of my work. This forced me to change my attitude towards myself. Complaining or blaiming others is not solution for this situation. I realized, that if I want to help others, first of all I need to know how to help myself to feel good, happy, healthy. So I just reserved time for myself and I did what I wanted at that moment, whether it was sleeping,doing some sport,reading a book, watching a movie or just walking in a nature. My life has moved in a better way. I am happy, I am attracting many positive situations and I have enough energy to handle occasional barriers. I would like to remind you how important it is to take care of yourself first. I wish you to be strong enought for getting what you need to for doing this brilliant profession.
Dr. Michaela Mulera, PhD.
Clinic St. Ladislaus Strattmann in Eldoret, Kenya