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FPM Wellbeing: Helping you unlock the secret to happiness

Happier patients, happier team, happier you – sound good? This summer, FPM is planning a series of events to promote wellbeing and community for Practice Managers and GP practice teams.


Wellbeing links into a lot of hot topics in the NHS Long Term Plan, including social prescribing and improving public health. But what is the secret to unlocking this feeling and how can we use that knowledge to improve the lives of patients, as well as our own sense of wellbeing?


Is happiness a technical term?

You may be surprised to hear that many theories about happiness define it as a judgment that we make about our own circumstances, rather than something that we actually feel. So how do we create a balance where we can judge ourselves to be happy and comfortable in our day-to-day lives?

Over the next few months, FPM will be exploring some exciting, realistic and enjoyable ways that we can connect with the people we work with, and improve our wellbeing in the process.

To kick things off, Thornfields’ Charan Sarai has broken down four key ideas that we can all work on right now to help us strike that balance and put ourselves on the right path:

1. Development

Personal development is something that never stops – we can all think back to a time when something we wanted seemed impossible, and guess what? We did it.

So as you read this right now, think about what you want to change that seems difficult or even impossible. Then think about those moments when you realised you had that capability in you all the time. You did it before, you can do it again.

2. Positive Thinking

We all know a certain person that drains us, and maybe we are sometimes guilty of being a drain on ourselves. But could the answer to taking the edge off this feeling already be within us?

If we aim to shift our mindset even a small amount, to reach out and try harder to look for the positives rather than the negatives, we can make a tangible difference for ourselves and the people around us.

3. Self Confidence

People often tell me, ‘…but I’m not self-confident’. You may be surprised to hear that I respond with ‘what are you going to do about it?’ That’s because I believe confidence is actually a skill that we can learn.

We can teach ourselves to think more positively by asking ourselves why we feel the way we feel, and using those insights to move closer to being the person we really want to be. This is the secret to self-confidence, which in turn makes us a lot happier in our day-to-day lives.

4. Mindfulness

Think about how often people tell you they caught themselves functioning on autopilot. We do things because we do things. When did you last stop and listen to the birdsong?

We can easily miss out on so much, and the simplest of things can give us enormous pleasure - making connections, having a little fun - all because that autopilot switch seems to be flipped more often than not. If there’s one thing I would really encourage you to do, it is to be more mindful and self-aware.

Make a choice to enjoy everything this life has to offer.


Over the next few months, FPM will be exploring ways that practice managers can increase levels of wellbeing for themselves, their staff and their patients. Why not follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about our campaign first!


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