I am an emergency doctor, currently working in a community hospital in the outskirts of Toronto. Like you, I’m just trying to figure this whole life thing out. Taking chances. Making things up as I go along. Trying to leave things a little better than when I started. I have a big interest in global health and travel. I have been on two missions with Medicines Sans Frontiers as well as numerous other smaller projects. I’m always somewhere or on the cusp of being somewhere. In my spare time you’ll find me at the gym. Or by the lake. Or possibly on my bike. I’m also a regular and long-time practitioner of meditation. I’m learning how to teach others. You’ll often find me at at the Consciousness Explorers Club in Toronto. It’s lovely to meet you.
Physician Self Care Program - Helping Physicians to Work in a Better Way. Physicians Well Being Program - Program to Help Doctors. Learning to See all of the Love in Your Life - A Practice. In recent time we are in a crisis.
We all are worried about our health, future. This is not good for our mental and physical health. Physicians Self Care Program in Canada. Physicians Well Being Program - Blog for Every Physicians. Adpost. Learn More about Physician Self Care - MD Heal Thyself. Physicians Well Being - Know Yourself Better to Treat People. Physician, Heal Thyself - Happier Doctors Means Happier Patients. Our Mission - Physician, Heal Thyself - Self Care for Physicians. This is not about changing the system.
It’s about changing our relationship to the system……by changing ourselves. Thinking about Solitude and Lessons from Lockdown. “I love to be alone.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau Here we find ourselves in lockdown with more freedom from the general distractions of life than ever before. For weeks, I found myself alone in my house. Nervous to go outside and having people be nervous around me. I struggled with the solitude at times. It’s led me to think about people who spend long periods of time in solitude. Things have been easing slowly. The path of solitude For centuries, people have retreated from society as a way to understand themselves better and to heal themselves from traumas of the past.
Are we all like monks now? I asked a monastic and his answer surprised me. - Physician, Heal Thyself. I’ve been feeling a great sense of isolation during this time.
But also the sense that I’m missing a great opportunity. We’ve suddenly been given this gift of slowness and time. And I’m trying to figure out how to make the most of this. Admittedly, I’ve been finding myself wasting a lot of time by finding new and varied distractions. "Do what you want to." Life lessons from Slomo, the retired neurologist. - Physician, Heal Thyself. Why temporal discounting is making you procrastinate - Physician, Heal Thyself. “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” ― Mark Twain You’ve committed yourself to losing fifteen pounds over the next three months.
But while sitting at a restaurant for dinner, someone offers you a slice of chocolate cake. What Actually Makes you Happier – Experiences or Things? Maybe that sports car in your driveway isn’t making you as happy as you think… In the medical world, we are often fortunate to be on the higher end of the income-earning spectrum.
Yet, I think it’s safe to say that we certainly aren’t on the higher end of the happiness spectrum. We live in a materialistic culture. A quick look around the physician parking lot in my hospital will reveal a lot of Porches, Benz’s, and Beemers. Most of my colleagues live in million-dollar houses (although that isn’t saying much in Toronto), and live expensive lifestyles. I also see many colleagues working extra long hours, weekends, nights, and picking up extra shifts. A mentor of mine in residency once told me about the value of “doing things and not having things”.
But where should I put my priorities? Dr. His research suggests that people derive more satisfaction from experiential purchases over material ones. Doctors: It's OK to sometimes suck. Why Temporal Discounting is Making You Procrastinate - Physician, Heal Thyself. The Art of Savoring: How to Enjoy Your Experiences More Fully - Physician, Heal Thyself. Are there times in your life where you’ve really taken a moment to absorb yourself in an experience?
Perhaps it was at the top of a mountain you had climbed…. Or hearing your favourite band play a song….. Maybe it was a great conversation with an old friend….. How did that make you feel? Learning to see all of the love in your life. A practice. - Physician, Heal Thyself. Hi friends.
We’ve just come through Valentine’s day and I know this can be a mixed holiday for many people. Especially those not currently in a relationship or those struggling through relationship problems. There’s an expectation that Feb 14th should be a certain way, and we’re supposed to be doing certain things that day. Romantic dinners, chocolates, flowers. Whatever. When we are not engaged in the societal expectations of what that day should look like, there can be feelings of disappointment, sadness and heartache. Doctors: It’s Okay to Suck Sometimes.
“Do what you want to.” Life lessons from Slomo, the retired neurologist. Hope you all are having a nice week.
I’ve been caught in a bit of a work cycle. A string of shifts that has left me unable to put together a blog post for the week. So instead of creating something, I thought I’d just share something I love instead. Meditation and The Emergency Room. A few weeks ago I have a rounds presentation to my ER colleagues here in Toronto.
The topic was “Mindfulness Skills for the ER worker”. In other words, why people who work in the ER should meditate. Really, even with an ER focus, this applies to everyone in medicine and beyond. Upon some reflection, I thought it might make a nice post, so I’m summarizing my talk for you. I’d love to know what you think! It’s the middle of a night shift and the charge nurse tells you that EMS is 4 minutes away with a flat 2 week old in cardiac arrest. Why You Need to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone. “To move to a new level in your life, you must break through your comfort zone and do things that are not comfortable” – T.
Harv Ekler What’s keeping you from living the life you want? When you look down deep is there something holding you back? Keeping you from taking risks and breaking through barriers?