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Top tips to help with a healthier and happier lifestyle

Regional Support Manager, Sarah Barnard, gives you a number of tips for living a healthier and happier lifestyle, both in and out of practice… As we all know dentistry can be a stressful profession –…

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Mindfulness – it’s like gym training for the brain

Caroline Suggett shares her two top mindfulness techniques that can help you take a break from the stresses and strains of practice life… First off, like many people you may be thinking, what is mindfulness?…

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The importance of happy thinking

Regional Support Manager Gary Nelson looks at the importance of happy thinking and how it can improve your practice…. There are many things we cannot control in this crazy world we currently live in, however,…

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Being your own best friend

Andy Elwood explores five ways to improve your mental health by being your own best friend…. We’ve all had rough patches in the last year and the way I’ve coped is by using a technique…

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Three top tips to improve your team’s wellbeing

Dr Mahrukh Khwaja spends her time practising as an NHS dentist as well as helping other professionals to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Practice Plan recently caught up with Mahrukh, who founded the wellbeing…

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How to encourage mental resilience within your team

Louise Bone asks Johanna Hooper, a performance coach who specialises in leadership, three burning questions on how to support your team through tough times… LB: How can practice leaders support their team with the stress…

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‘Language Timothy’

Gary Nelson shares advice on how to change the words you use to make sure negativity does not seep into your working life…   Does anyone remember the sitcom ‘Sorry’ from the 1980s or is…

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Dentists offering an empathetic ear to their fellow professionals

Concerns around the mental health of dentists across the UK have continued to grow over recent years – with many studies showing the high levels of stress and anxiety felt within the profession. A survey…

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Good wellbeing habits to develop in practice

Practice Plan’s Sarah Barnard shares her insights into why your team’s wellbeing is vital for the future and how to encourage it in your practice’s work environment… Why wellbeing is key to a well-performing practice…

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Improve your sleep with a better bedtime routine

Brand and Communications Manager, Sian Grace, explains how to get the best night’s sleep and why it’s important. Sleeping badly and poor well-being often go hand in hand. A bad night’s sleep can make you…

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A brighter spring…

Spring is here and many of us are happy to see the longer days that come with it. Looking back, February was, for many, the most challenging month of the year yet, and in that…

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Your dentistry questions answered: mental health

Practice Plan’s Zoe Close looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… How can I manage my anxiety at work? Surveys conducted by Practice Plan, the BDA and Dental Protection over the last few years…

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Three ways to avoid burnout

The levels of stress and burnout among the dental profession has been a worrying issue long before the arrival of COVID-19. Results from a BDA survey of over 2,000 dental professionals published in January 2019…

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Ever wish you could solve your problems by saying “Alexa, skip to Friday”?

Gary Nelson shares his reasoning for taking a step back to appreciate the present when your current situation becomes overwhelming… I don’t have Alexa in my household, but over these last few weeks, or more…

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Your dentistry questions answered: work/life balance

Practice Plan’s Ian Eslick looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… How can I have a better work/life balance? For many, COVID-19 brought a period of reflection and, while it has not been without…

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How to stop fearing and start embracing change

Fliss McCalmont asks Polly Brennan about how to have a positive approach towards change… Since March, huge changes have been inflicted upon the dental profession. Even with dentists’ impressive abilities to adapt to the system…

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How can I stay mentally resilient during tough times in business?

Your dentistry questions answered: mental resilience Practice Plan’s Gary Nelson looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… Running a business like a dental practice is hard work. There’s a lot of responsibility to shoulder…

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Let’s get dentistry talking

Lynn Leach talks to Rory O’Connor and Jeremy Cooper about the issue of loneliness within dentistry and how this can be tackled… The 18th of May is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a…

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