FEELING ALONE IN A VALLEY OF BURNOUT
Twelve years ago, I didn’t know that the symptoms I was suffering had a diagnosis of physician burnout. As a newly appointed faculty member in neurology at that time, no media headlines or studies were in existence to give my symptoms a name. Instead, I hoped that no one would find out the shame and struggles I was hiding underneath my starched white lab coat.
How do you know if you or a colleague is suffering from burnout? I always ask physician groups to look for the following: a feeling that the lights are on and no one is home. You may be going through the motions, struggling to keep up, and feeling disconnected from your life emotionally.
I just internalized the symptoms of emotional exhaustion and a low sense of personal accomplishment. I thought my problem was that I was a physician failure. I pushed myself to exceed RVU (relative value unit) expectations in the increasingly profit-driven world of medicine. I could never find the time in my 80- to 100-hour work week to catch up on research, medical records, or tend to my personal health.
Summertime. Children are out of school, and for many, the pool, beach, and vacations are in full sight. It is indeed that time of year when we must face our bathing suits, shorts, and the reminder that we forgot our new year's resolution to lose that last 5-10 pounds.
Whether it is in our integrative medicine clinic, my speaking engagements, or social media- the one question on top of our mind has to do with our bellies. How can I feel good, fit into my short shorts, and not starve myself?
7 DAY SUMMER CLEANSE WITHOUT STARVING YOURSELF
Let's talk about a 7-day cleanse where you can eat from a list of anti-inflammatory foods, still drink coffee, and have the following results:
1. Lose belly bloating. Most individuals drop at least one dress or pant size in 7 days.
2. Safely lose 3-5 pounds.
3. Cleanse without becoming hangry or feel like you are starving
I am going to get real; you are not receiving a staged photograph of a perfectly healthy, low-calorie, low-taste “perfect Thanksgiving” meal from my family. Of course, producing an anti-inflammatory foods filled menu would be “on-brand,” but it ain’t real.
There are enough health and wellness blogs and experts pressuring us with an #Instaworthy photograph of a paleo or vegan Thanksgiving meal all perfectly placed on fine china. This does not happen with our family, how about you?
I want to discuss the state of your mind, spirit, and relationships as we start the holiday season. Is it possible to survive without all of the drama, trauma, and craziness?Read More
I know what it feels like to question if I may wake up breathing again. Every morning I am awakened by my four-legged alarm clock, Rahja. His doggy breath and pawing at the side of my bed means it is time reach over to pet him while being mindful and give gratitude for the first conscious breath I take each morning. Every week this morning, as I sat connected to breath, I contemplate how to age mindfully. Will you join me in my Birthday celebration?Read More