Just Breathe! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 10

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

This week on the Mini-Podcast we are welcoming a new guest, Stephanie Mathless, where she discusses the importance of breathing techniques and the resulting benefits of bringing focus to your breathing, most notably its calming effect. Lengthening your breath - with long open-mouth exhales - has the ability to relax you and in turn has a domino effect throughout your body by slowing the heart beat, reducing tension, and improving your focus and output. 

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How do you apply breathing techniques in your everyday life? Try doing the following:

  • Build it into your routine, and use them first thing in the morning and last thing at night

  • Bring one hand to your heart and the other to your belly. Become aware of your breath

  • Build up the length of your inhales and exhales, filling your belly (as opposed to your chest) with air. Allow your exhales to linger a moment or two longer than your inhale.

  • Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique to immediately mitigate stress if you're feeling overwhelmed

Most importantly, find 3 moments this week to try a breathing technique and notice the benefits... 

If you’re not familiar with Stephanie Mathless, RYT - she teaches, leads trainings, and hones her own practice at Corepower Yoga in Chicago, IL. She extols the physical and mental virtues of yoga after managing a challenging back injury though her practice. Stephanie takes great pleasure in guiding each student through their own personal journey to health and happiness.

Using breathing techniques is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.

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