How to Create a Fun and Impactful Exercise Program

Exercise Variation If you’re like most people, you have a type of exercise you love and one you dislike. And, you probably choose to do the exercises you love more than the ones you don’t. This is because we tend to gravitate toward what is natural or easy to us. However, by sticking to the same activities and/or exercises, [...]

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6 Steps to Develop Healthy Habits

You became a physician because you wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. You care deeply about others and help your patients improve their health and well being. National Doctor’s Day is on March 30th – so on this day, it means we are celebrating YOU. National Doctor’s Day was established to recognize physicians, [...]

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Infographic: Does Your Organization Help Physicians with Well Being?

Physician leaders play an important role in building a culture of well being in their healthcare organization. Caring, effective leadership is essential for addressing physician and advanced practitioner stress and burnout. Leadership conversations and setting a positive example of well being can dramatically impact a [...]

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How to Lead the Way Toward Physician Well Being

Download the second in a series of articles from VITAL WorkLife addressing physician well being solutions at multiple levels, from individual self-care to organizational support for physician well being. In our newest article learn the importance of leadership on physician well being and patient outcomes, factors behind a [...]

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10 Healthy New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Family

It’s that time of year again! The holidays have come and gone and while it was a wonderful few days spent with family and friends, most of us are left feeling off track and out of sorts. Whether it was one too many treats, an extra helping of your favorite side dish or lack of exercise, the upcoming new year offers everyone [...]

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Do I have Seasonal Affective Disorder & what will help?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, Seasonal Affective [...]

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How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder with Light Therapy

Generally, most people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) begin treatment with light therapy in the early fall, when it typically becomes cloudy in many regions of the country. Treatment usually continues until spring, when outdoor light alone is sufficient to sustain a good mood and higher levels of energy.

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Normal Stress or Burnout?

Stress is a common part of everyday life, and in some cases, can be helpful for productivity and motivation. But when stress becomes chronic or causes negative personal or professional repercussions, it can tip into burnout. According to HelpGuide.org, a mental health site that collaborates with Harvard Medical School, here’s [...]

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How to Cope in the Aftermath of Witnessing a Traumatic Event

Our thoughts go out to the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Country Festival in Las Vegas. It is difficult — if not impossible — to understand what would compel someone to cause such devastation to so many innocent people — and we may never truly know the reasons why. Witnessing a traumatic event — [...]

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How to Address Addictive Behaviors in Physicians

Identifying the Problem The rate of physician addiction among current practitioners is between 10 and 15 percent, similar or higher than the general population. As with the general population, alcohol is the most commonly abused substance; but not surprising, there is an increased level of addiction to prescription opioids, [...]

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