Spotlight Member - Dr Jag Acharya

Dr Jag Acharya - GP at 58 Wellbeing

Tell us a little about yourself and your career background? 

I am an experienced GP working in both the NHS and Private sectors for 18 years having Graduated from Imperial College and University of London Medical Schools.

How can members of The AllBright benefit from a GP appointment?

My clinical skills and expertise through the field of medicine, and the connections I have established with top Specialists in their field, enable me to provide a highly personalised and unique service to all my patients. I advocate both conventional and alternative treatments in my Practice, focussing on prevention rather than cure approach.

What are your best pieces of advice for self-care?

My top tips on self care in the modern and busy world we now live in would be to think about health as Wellbeing rather than treating illness. Education and reflection is also an important tool to acquire in achieving optimal health:

  1. Make sleep part of your self care routine and incorporate a sleep hygiene ritual before bedtime.
  2. Take care of yourself by looking after your gut: eat well, moderately and regularly.
  3. Exercise is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. So try to do this at least 3 times a week.
  4. Avoid overstimulation by saying “no” to others. Otherwise doing too much and “burning the candle at both ends” can lead to burnout, anxiety and irritability.
  5. Mindfulness- incorporating this for ten minutes each day will help your mind calm, and your body reset.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?

I feel rewarded when patients tell me they are making positive changes themselves, in order to maintain optimal health. Sometimes this can be achieved through an initial feedback consultation and highlighting simple lifestyle changes, and other times, it can be achieved through medications, treatments and patient education. Maintaining trust and continuity in a GP is crucial to motivating patients to want to adapt their lifestyles maybe just through minor adjustments and seeing slow improvement steadily, which is often then more likely to have long lasting effects. Helping patients to feel empowered through wellbeing is extremely satisfying to me since patients often come to the GP in their most vulnerable state.

How do you balance the demands of your busy working life and private life?

I balance an extremely busy and often stressful job by practicing what I preach; I eat a strict vegetarian diet, exercise 5 – 6 times per week, which includes conditioning and strength training with my Personal Trainer, running to maintain cardiovascular fitness and mindfulness and yoga to counterbalance the high intensity pace of London Living. So far so good!

How can the members of the AllBright sisterhood support each other to lead healthy lives?

AllBright members can absolutely apply the iconic AllBright Sisterhood ethos into leading healthy lives. This is the most vital aspect of modern city living and can easily be achieved by following my simple steps to good health. Eat well, exercise regularly and include sleep hygiene methods with daily mindfulness. The benefits of being a member of such a unique womenʼs only club such as this, means that womenʼs health is at the forefront.

Members of AllBright are able to seek advice on all aspects of health care, including treatment and referral to Londonʼs top Specialists.