thanks for the feedback. I am familiar with a few techniques, and use meditation when i get a chance. I think the key is to build it into my daily routine, and set aside 15 mins each day after clinic to 'regroup'! whereas is tend to rush home, my mind still buzzing thinking about my patients. I'd love to hear what everyone else does.
Chad, my phrase 'draining energy' was probably misleading, as I'm referring to the effect some patients have on you, and I definitely notice i'm physically exhausted after dealing with 'negative' or agressive/defensive/difficult people - I'd love to learn how to bounce that type of energy away, and not dwell on it for hours (sometimes days!) after the patient has left. Just the way meeting a happy, bubbly person leavs you in a good mood, a depressed or angry person can have the oppostie effect. I would do alot of energy work with my patients through mediation and visualisation to help them get over their own problems, I would do well to use it on myself more too!
The tips on time management and life balance are definiately true - will take on board