In medical school, the goal is to survive. To push through. You make it through residency, get your first “real job” and then everything will be great. Right? Wrong. In medicine, you are expected to be perfect. You don’t make mistakes. And you don’t share your feelings. This perfectionist mindset and all of its flaws has [...]
When some people think of the holidays, they are overwhelmed by unpleasant thoughts of large family gatherings, travel, excessive shopping, financial worries and endless “to do” lists. Not to mention the added temptations of comfort foods, sweet treats and holiday drinks. With all this added stress it’s no wonder people turn [...]
Impact of Loneliness In recent decades, loneliness has been recognized as a public health concern as big as obesity and smoking. Some of the latest studies suggest loneliness is related to an increase in stress, which may lead to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels result in a higher risk of [...]
Financial Disagreements are Bad for Relationships
Maintaining positive relationships and communication with patients is important, but increasingly difficult in this changing healthcare environment. Physicians and providers today face growing barriers to connecting with their patients, including: cultural and language differences with an increasingly diverse patient [...]
Work/Life Balance: When Life Impacts Work These days much focus is placed on how the changes and challenges in healthcare are impacting physician well being and Work/Life balance, with downstream consequences to patient care and safety. But little attention is given to the personal lives of physicians and how responsibilities [...]
Characteristics of Healthy Relationships To have overall holistic well being, it is important to have well being in the Relational dimension. How many of the following attitudes and behaviors are present in your relationships?
“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives”