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PAUSE: STOP THE STRESS-SUCCESS CYCLE
Written by Dr. Romie on Jul 5, 2018
Mind Tags: MeditationmindfulnessspeakerStressstress managementstress response

Are you happy and fulfilled with your career and life at this moment?  You have worked hard to acquire titles, possessions, and achieve goals on your life checklist.  Perhaps something feels as if it is missing from your life, so you reassess or reassign another goal to cross over to the path of contentment.  

I too spent my years checking off the lists to make sure that I became a doctor, got married (and then divorced) in style, and collected designer high heeled shoes.

There was a signature sound of my designer high heels that echoed in the hospital corridors where no stilettos had ever roamed before.  The click-clack of my heels was the signal to my physician colleagues, nurses, and patients that I had arrived.  Female brain doctor, epilepsy specialist, and never-to-recover chocolate addict. The truth of the matter was that I was overwhelmed and sleep-deprived trying to keep up with 80-90 hour work weeks.  Despite professional success, I felt all alone.  My single prayer every morning was that no one would discover my shame and loneliness that was I hiding underneath a starched white lab coat.

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Mindful Medicine to Transform Physician Burnout
Written by Dr. Romie on Jun 27, 2018
Mindful Living Tags: mindful leadershipmindfulnessphysician burnoutStressstress management

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.  

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Mindset Secrets of Female Leaders
Written by Dr. Romie on Mar 8, 2018
Mind Tags: emotional resiliencefemale physicianmindful leadershipstress managementwomen leaderswomens health

I entered neurology at a time when less than five percent of neurologists were women.  I knew very quickly to keep my head down, heels high, and stay laser focused.  The truth of the matter was that most days I felt overwhelmed and lonely trying to keep up with the 80-90 hour weeks.  
 
The fashion in our closets, the men we date, and our hairstyles have may have changed over the years. One situation has remained on course — for the majority of us working women in the United States isolation in leadership positions in the workplace remains. The number of women in senior leadership positions remains at 10-14% depending on the industry; a statistic has not shifted in 15 years.

Today, we are standing in the midst of the unprecedented movement about the role of women in the workplace.  Rooted in the critical conversations around the #metoo and #timesup movements, the tide is shifting to help heal and empower women.   

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ALHI EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP (EWIL) ADDITIONAL LEARNING
Written by Dr. Romie on Jan 11, 2018
Mind Tags: women leadersstress managementmindfulnessmindful leadership
Photo: Morning yoga & meditation at Meritage Resort & spPhoto by Vicky Hettleman

A message for ALHI Executive Women in Leadership retreat guests:

"It was an honor to be the presence of all of you at the ALHI EWIL retreat in July. As I close my eyes in meditation in the morning, I don't think I will ever forget the energy of a powerful Grace that your entire group shared with me.  Thank you for the open hearts to hear a message about the role of mindfulness and mindful leadership in your personal and professional lives.

A special thank you to our hosts at Vista Collinas and Meritage Resort & Spa for helping to create a spectacular experience.

If I can continue to answer any of your questions or be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  info@drromie.com

With a heart full of gratitude,

Dr. Romie

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4 Mindful & Easy Tips for Happiness at Work
Written by Dr. Romie on Nov 8, 2017
Mind Tags: Work-Life Balancestress managementmindfulnessmindful leadershipMindmental healthjoyinner peacehappiness

What would make you happy today? 
Leaving your work at the office this weekend?
Opening that bottle of Rose?  
Achieving your 4th quarter sales goals early?
Planning a well-deserved vacation?

What if the answer to happiness was not in any of these kinds of desires, and something much more simple?   In the following article I will discuss the mindfulness-based techniques backed by neuroscience and psychology that you can start today for a happier workplace.

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