Dr Robyn Charlton helps women in medicine to transform their experience of work and life.
Through courses, coaching and online programmes, she creates a safe space where women in medicine can come together and be guided through simple and effective stress management tools for managing everyday stress and avoiding burnout
Doctor, you’re so busy taking care of everyone else
But who is taking care of you?
Some days it feels like everyone wants a piece of you.
Your patients or clients, your staff, your board, your kids, your partner, your parents, your community.
You move from consult to consult with barely time to breathe, let alone eat your lunch, work out, read that growing pile of medical journals or follow up on your patients. You’re constantly worried you’ll drop the ball on something important - with devastating consequences for someone you care for, or someone you love.
And where are you in all of this?
You’re stressed out, exhausted and some days you feel like chucking it in.
But then what would you do? You’ve worked too damn hard - and you care too damn much - to throw it all away. And thankfully, there is another way...
After 25 years in clinical practice, with the relentless demands of my career in the frontline of New Zealands Health crisis, the ongoing emotional cost.
I burned out!
The relentless demands of my career in medicine, the ongoing emotional cost of supporting vulnerable patients in extreme distress, and the pressure of trying to be a great mum and partner, while supporting extended family and navigating personal loss, all added up to my perfect storm.
Two decades earlier, my wonderful boyfriend, a smart and caring first-year house surgeon, took his own life. It was a devastating loss that caused me to re-evaluate everything...
I began to question, who cares for the carers?
What continued to break my heart over the next two decades, was that nothing much changed to ensure we take care of our carers.
When my perfect storm unleashed in 2018 and I felt myself pushed way beyond my limits and burning out, I knew I had to make some drastic changes. I resigned from my job and stepped back from medical practice altogether, embarking on an intense period of healing as I rebuilt my life from the ground up.
The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course changed my life
I studied for two years with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion founded by Dr. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, and became a Mindful Self-Compassion Meditation teacher.
As I learned to be kind to myself, I found the courage to embark on a new direction. Yin Yoga had helped me reset my nervous system and recover from burnout, so I trained as a Mindful Yin Yoga Teacher. Together with my clinical knowledge of neuroscience and psychiatry, I developed The Mind Fitness Method to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout, with my unique seven-step SOARING system of micro-practices.
I’m Dr. Robyn Charlton,
AKA the Mind Fitness Dr.
Here are four ways we can work together to manage stress and prevent burnout
My simple, evidence-based programs will transform your experience of work and life, in just a few minutes a day.
Whichever option you choose, The Mind Fitness Method doesn’t just help you manage stress and sustain your career for the long term. When you integrate these tools into your daily life, you’ll elevate your everyday sense of joy, contentment, and well-being, with a profound impact on you and those you love.
By recharging our own stress management batteries we can continue to care for others. You can even pass on these tools to your loved ones and patients, helping them to improve their quality of life too.
Self-Compassion Coaching for MedicineSelf-Compassion Coaching including Mindful Self-Compassion for Stress in Medicine. Learn a kinder, gentler way of responding to life’s challenges. This is the work that changed everything for me.
The Mind Fit DrThe Mind Fit Dr is an online course specifically designed to help busy medical practitioners manage everyday stress and banish burnout. You’ll learn simple self-care practices you can do on-the-go, so you care for yourself as you care for your patients. This offers you the tools and a safe place to talk about the issues in medicine. You have your choice of self-directed, group coached or individual coaching.
Recharge RetreatsA restorative two-day retreat where you’ll learn and embed the key stress management and self-care practices of the Mind Fit Dr, in a gorgeous location and with like-minded women in medicine.
The Mind Fitness Gym for MedicineThe Mind Fitness Gym is the ONLY gym for the mind, a place where you commit to making stress management an integral part of your life. Each month, we’ll tend to a different aspect of your physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual well-being, with Mind Fitness micro-challenges to help you embed stress management practices into your daily routine, so you can prevent burnout. You’ll also get access to an extensive online library of Mind Fit Yin Yoga courses and Mind Fit meditations.
I’m a busy doctor - how much time is this going to take?I’ve been there and I get it. That’s why I’ve designed these modules as short audio and video tracks you can listen to on your commute or your walk in 20 minutes or less. Plus, you’ll learn micro practices that you can sprinkle across a busy day, so that you’re caring for yourself as you care for your patients. No more lurching from one stressful appointment to another - you’ll have the tools to ground yourself and reset in moments, so that you can greet each patient with compassion and kindness, and build truly therapeutic relationships.
What’s your refund policy?For The Mind Fit Dr's self-guided online course, there is a 100% money-back guarantee. If for any reason you do not find the course beneficial, then send me an e-mail asking for a refund, and I will refund all your money. You may cancel your registration for the group-coached and individually-coached Mind Fit Dr up to the day, the course starts. Following the start of the course, a refund cannot be offered. The Mind Fitness Dr reserves the right to cancel the group or change the start dates of the group and individually coached Mind Fit Dr courses by giving you notice in writing (including by email) at any time before the course start date. The Mind Fitness Dr will refund all fees paid by you for the cancelled course. The Mind Fitness Dr's liability, when it cancels a group or individual course, will be limited to a refund of the fee or any other charges paid for the cancelled course. For partial cancellation of a course, such refunds will be made on a proportionate basis.
Who is this for?The Mind Fit Dr is specifically designed to help busy doctors manage stress. It doesn’t matter whether you’re fresh out of medical school or a consultant with decades of clinical experience, these tools will transform your ability to sustain your medical career and enjoy the journey.
Self-care? Who has time for self-care?I get it - we doctors have been programmed to sacrifice ourselves for the good of others. While that might seem like a noble approach, it comes at a cost to you, your family and your patients. The reality is that if you want to sustain your career for the long term, you need to prioritise your own well-being and mental health. The Mind Fit Dr will show you how in bite-sized lessons and micro self-care practices you can implement on the go.
I’m a busy doctor - how much time is this going to take?This is one hour of coaching per week over six-weeks or is offered as a 1-day workshop/retreat. There are recordings offered if you can’t make a class due to on-call and family commitments.
What’s your refund policy?You may cancel your registration for The Mindful Self-Compassion for Medicine course up to the day the course starts. Following the start of the course, a refund cannot be offered. The Mind Fitness Dr reserves the right to cancel the group or change the start dates of The Mindful Self-Compassion For Medicine by giving you notice in writing (including by email) at any time before the course start date. The Mind Fitness Dr will refund all fees paid by you for the cancelled course. The Mind Fitness Dr’s liability, when it cancels a course, will be limited to a refund of the fee or any other charges paid for the cancelled course. For partial cancellation of a course, such refunds will be made on a proportionate basis.
What do we do in the classes?Alongside the lessons there will be opportunities to share your experiences putting MSC into practice, in a safe and supportive space. You’ll also be invited to participate in a range of experiential activities including meditation, visualisation, poetry and gentle movement, for a rich, sensory experience.
Who is this for?Mindful Self-Compassion is for anyone who wants to experience a kinder, gentler, more loving relationship with themselves. Mindful Self-Compassion for Medicine is designed expressly with the busy medical professional in mind. The MSC principles are specifically applied to common scenarios you may experience in medical practice. Because the class is made up only of your peers, so you'll be supported by a group of people who just 'get it'. Whichever course you choose, you'll learn all the principles of MSC and have a transformative experience.
"I was on the edge of burnout..."
"I was on the edge of burnout, but I didn't know where to start or how to find out which Youtube/internet resource was the most evidence-based. Seeing the post on the NZWIM Facebook page was encouraging as I had the reassurance of the quality and expertise of the facilitator.
As a medical student, it's so hard to find time for mindfulness, so I was appealed to by the short 4-day course and the short podcasts I could listen to on my commute."
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The Mind Fit Dr Retreat
A restorative two-day retreat in a gorgeous location with like-minded women in medicine.
The Official Bio
With more than 20 years of clinical experience and as a mother of three, Dr Robyn has intimate knowledge of the stress and pressure of juggling a high stakes career alongside multiple caregiving roles.
Through her Mind Fitness online courses, coaching, retreats and The Mind Fitness Gym membership, Dr Robyn teaches busy health professionals how to train your mind the way you train your body: with quality nourishment, daily strengthening and restorative exercises, and an individual Mind Fitness Plan to manage stress and prevent burnout.
Her SOARING system of micro practices is designed to help you manage everyday stress well, so that you can avoid burnout, sustain the career you love and live a more joyful, contented and connected life.
Dr Robyn’s teachings bring together the latest in neuroscience, psychiatry, positive neuroplasticity, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is also a Yin Yoga and Mindful Self-Compassion meditation teacher.
Dr Robyn Charlton is a Perinatal psychiatrist, Mindful Self-Compassion meditation teacher, Yin Yoga teacher and an expert in how to rewire your brain for wellbeing, resilience and satisfaction in life.
It’s true medicine for the body, mind and soul.
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