Become the Eye of the Storm With this Guided Meditation (CME)

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Eye of the Storm Lessons - this is your home base. 

#2 of the Seven Habits of Physician Wellbeing is "Be the Eye of the Storm".

Most of us are so used to being hassled, harried, overwhelmed and bothered by the WHIRLWIND of the day-to-day practice of medicine -- that the ability to remain calm seems ridiculous or like a distant fantasy.

That is exactly why I created "The Lake" Guided Meditation to help you find your way back.
You can listen or download the audio below.

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Physician Burnout and the Mechanics of Mindfulness

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Since the 1970's, studies have shown that Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an effective tool to lower the stress of the practice of medicine and prevent physician burnout.

Jon Kabat-Zinn and the pioneers at U Mass have proven that physicians who take their eight week meditation and yoga training have superior resilience skills and subsequent studies over the last 40 years have repeatedly confirmed their initial observations. 

In reviewing this literature, three big questions come to mind for most doctors.

1)  What is mindfulness anyway?

2)  Just how does mindfulness cause its therapeutic effect?

3)  Is eight weeks of meditation training the ONLY way to be mindful at work?


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Let me share my answers to these questions, coming from three different levels of experience:

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Stop Physician Burnout with a personal journal - the neuroscience of putting pen to paper

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Putting pen to paper in a personal journal is a powerful burnout prevention tool for doctors ...

- and the research says a keyboard is not a substitute for pen to paper.

The unexamined life is not worth living ~~ Socrates

The palest ink is better than the best memory ~~ Chinese proverb

One of the best ways to step out of the whirlwind of your daily life is to develop the habit of journaling about your experience.

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Stop Physician Burnout: Dealing Effectively with Negative Emotions

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Like the layers of an onion, physician burnout is often wrapped in layers of negative emotions. In this post, let me show you a simple technique - it only takes 15 seconds - to release negative emotions as they arise and become the authentic eye of the storm in your practice day.

Peeling back the layers of the onion of bad feelings

If you find yourself overwhelmed, exhausted and out of balance with your practice -- after all your years of training and hard work, and this isn't anything like what you dreamed of back in the day ... well that recognition just feels bad.

And then you notice that the fact you feel bad about your career - well that feels bad too.

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Prevent Physician Burnout With These Mobile Apps

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

… here are my two favorites

Forget Angry Birds and other mobile apps that do a great job of helping you waste time. And set aside for now the apps that help you find information and practice clinical medicine more efficiently.

It was only a matter of time before mobile apps would be developed that can actually help you prevent physician burnout.

Here are my two favorite mobile apps to help you lower stress and create more work life balance

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Stress and Doctors – Cultivating Your Monk(ey) Mind

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stress and Doctors = Mindfulness Meditation

The research is becoming overwhelming that Mindfulness Meditation is the most powerful moment to moment stress reducing, burnout preventing technique for physicians. The challenge is getting that awareness out of the ivory towers of research and translating it into simple techniques a  practicing doctor can use on the fly.

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