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Silence is an important part of our everyday lives. Yet, we often don’t consider its critical importance in helping us to reflect on what we’re doing. This is especially important in medicine where we’re so busy sometimes that we forget that what we say and do actually has huge implications on peoples lives.

The Art of Savoring: How to Enjoy Your Experiences More Fully

It costs you nothing and makes things better. Sounds like it’s something worth considering. Small changes in where you place your attention make huge differences over time. Learn how to Enjoy Your Experiences More Fully.

Taking a Moment of Pause in the Emergency Room

Silence is an important part of our everyday lives. Yet, we often don’t consider its critical importance in helping us to reflect on what we’re doing. This is especially important in medicine where we’re so busy sometimes that we forget that what we say and do actually has huge implications on peoples lives.

Physicians Need Moments of Reflection Throughout Their Days

Silence is an important part of our everyday lives. Yet, we often don’t consider its critical importance in helping us to reflect on what we’re doing. It’s a great practice and something I’ve been adding to my work. In my experience, it relieves some of the tension that’s built up over the course of a resuscitation. A little space for it to breathe. Closure. Co-workers have mentioned that they appreciate having that moment of reflection.

Some Ways to Push Yourself and Accomplish More

There are some incredible people on this planet. We constantly hear about people accomplishing incredible physical and mental feats. How do people run for 100 miles straight, or climb up Mount Everest, or spend months in silence in a monastery? A man just ran a marathon distance in less than 2 hours!

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There’s a difference between your perception of visual reality and concrete visual reality. That’s a strange concept to consider. What you actually perceive as your visual reality is not what reality is. It’s a combination of visual stimuli and your minds “beliefs” and understandings about how the world works, based on patterns it knows.

How Illusions Impact How We Practice Medicine

We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking at, and thinking about, perceptual illusions and our biases. There’s a difference between your perception of visual reality and concrete visual reality.

Is it Okay to Cry When a Patient Dies?

As a young medical student, in my early 20’s, I wasn’t particularly emotionally mature. I grew up in an East Indian household. Classically, my father – my main role model – dealt with life by being the epitome of stoicism. He’s the rock. Calm under pressure. Never really expressing signs of vulnerability, and sending the message that any such signs were displays of weakness.

Do Traumatic Events at Work Impact Our Psychological Well-Being?

Our work has significant impacts on our lives. It would be naïve to think otherwise. So if your work is impacting your life, you are not the only one. Many of your colleagues have been there or are going through similar situations themselves. We need to implement good coping strategies so that it doesn’t bleed over into our lives. Don’t try to figure this out on your own. If you’re personally feeling the affects of emotional trauma, it’s okay. Make sure to take some time for your own self-care and compassion. Be kind to yourself.

Keeping things inside or pushing down emotion eats away at us in little ways. It affects our health and wellbeing in ways we don’t fully understand. So if you have the tools, it’s probably really healthy to acknowledge how you feel at the moment. If you react to those feelings by crying, then that’s a genuine, honest way to process those feelings, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of doing it.

Our work has significant impacts on our lives. It would be naïve to think otherwise. So if your work is impacting your life, you are not the only one. Many of your colleagues have been there or are going through similar situations themselves. These situations are difficult and there is likely someone you can talk to someone about it. If you’re seeing it in someone else, encourage them to seek help.

How Physicians Can Become Self-actualized

As physicians, we’re really lucky. Our job allows us to satisfy a lot of our needs inherently. We’re well-paid, which allows us to enjoy the basic comforts of life, we’re well educated, respected, and yes, we do get to help others in life. But does this mean we’re all self-actualized?Think about your life.

Doctors: This Job Doesn’t Last Forever

Remember that this work isn’t always going to be there. It will end one day. Thinking about that once in a while might help you appreciate all the good things in your days and all of the people that help you do your jobs. You are lucky to be here and you are supported in what you are doing. Don’t forget it.

Why is It So Hard for Doctors to Take a Sick Day?

Doctors are also human and they can get sick. But due to hectic work schedule doctors can’t take sick leaves while they are suffering. It is always better to have some system that a sick doctor can also take sick leave as it will help the patients too not get infected with any new diseases coming from a sick doctor and also if a doctor get rest he/she can start as a fresh. Learn more about it here in this article.

Your Medical Career Won’t Last Forever

Doctor, remember that this work isn’t always going to be there. It will end one day. Thinking about that once in a while might help you appreciate all the good things in your days and all of the people that help you do your jobs. You are lucky to be here, and you are supported in what you are doing. Don’t forget it.

The Importance of Celebrating Yourself

Life is short and none of us really know what our future holds. The only thing I’m really in control of is how I feel and what I personally can do. Might as well spend that time with people I love, doing things that bring me joy. Hopefully making things better for others along the way.

What Does a Patient Really Want to Hear You Say?

Being a physician is an important role. It’s easy to forget sometime the impact that you have on a patient just by being at their bedside. When you’re able to assure the right patients that they will in fact, feel better, there is a letting go of some of the clinging that amplifes their pain. When someone believes that their pain is going to get better, they are much more likely to do so.

Why You Need to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Can you just step beyond of your comfort zone? Give it a try sometime. There’s nothing to be afraid of, only your own resistance and prior conditioning. Remember, on the other side of that is change, growth and learning. You’re a lot more capable than you think!

Meditation and The Emergency Room

The practice of mindfulness and meditation has had a huge impact on one's personal life. And it’s an important, practice-changing tool. You should be incorporating it into your ER practice for sure.

“Do what you want to.” Life lessons from Slomo, the retired neurologist

Meet Dr. John Kitchin aka. “Slomo”. This video is a constant inspiration to me. I play it often whenever I need a little boost or a reminder about all that is important. I highly recommend you take some time and enjoy wise words from this retired neurologist who discovered his recipe for happiness. It’s the best.

Doctors: It’s Okay to Suck Sometimes

It doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t try to improve. Just give himself a break….. no one has it all figured out. It’s time to start celebrating our imperfections. We all have them and that’s totally normal.

Learning to see all of the love in your life. A practice.

Acceptance is a key component of learning to love yourself. Everything that has led to you getting here today, wherever you are, has been guided by multiple acts of love. Life is so full of love. It’s time to reflect on the love that surrounds you. Even if you don’t believe it, just playing pretend for a while can have numerous benefits on your mental health. The more you practice this, the more you will begin to see all of the love that permeates your existence. And the more grateful that you will feel about your own life.