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What’s Your Personality Type: Knowing Your Self Care Needs

What’s Your Personality Type: Knowing Your Self Care Needs
  One of the main causes of burnout is the imbalance between the energy that we expend on a daily basis, and the Energy that it takes to recharge our batteries. Most times (especially as physician/providers) we have a tendency to go, go, go, and ignore the low battery indicators that show up along the way.  Just in case you don't know what those are (but you DO know), they may include overwhelm, fatigue, irritability, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, and even depression. Behavior indicators may be isolation, self-medication through alcohol or drugs or even sex.  But when you think about it,...
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3 Ways We Can Improve Communication With Our Patients and Beyond

3 Ways We Can Improve Communication With Our Patients and Beyond
  We all know how communication is the foundation of relationships. Communication establishes trust and is a means for us to understand each other. Today in the physician community One of the things we battle is the challenge of patient adherence.  While there are many reasons we know patients will not adhere to our recommendations, it's conceivable that part of that is due to a lack of patient trust. If we were to allow ourselves to be responsible for our part, it could be that our communication is not conducive to establishing and maintaining this trust with our patients. Now,...
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Benefits of Pranayama

Benefits of Pranayama
Have you ever heard of Pranayama? The word “prana” in sanskrit translates to life force, and “ayama” to control. With the breathing technique of Pranayama, we are learning to control our life force through the breath. It is very important for me, in my career as a physician, to have a clear mind which I can use to give my full attention to the patient at hand. Before I get all metaphysical, let me get back to the benefits of Pranayama, especially for physicians. Pranayama teaches us the proper way to breathe. Most of us are so used to breathing...
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