We Are Wellness! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 41

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

In this episode of the mini-podcast, Jeff is reporting from the 2019 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. An important session at the conference addressed a broad spectrum of ideas related to burnout prevention and wellness. The session was titled, Surgeon Well Being for the Benefit of the Patient: How Can We Become Better for Everyone Else?

The moderator, Dr. Shah, and the panel of speakers did a great job of communicating an important take-home message, and one of SurgeonMasters core beliefs, wellness is personal and unique to each of us. Further, there are simple, practical steps we can take now to improve our well-being. In the end we all benefit - our patients, families, friends, and especially ourselves.

While the wellness suggestions from the panel were broad in scope ranging from improving ergonomic practices in the OR to finding time for hobbies, the message is clear: start taking simple steps now to improve your well-being.

What steps do we take to start?

  • Step 1 - Find something that resonates with you. Wellness comes in many forms. You don’t have to adhere to what often is top of mind when others think of wellness, like yoga and meditation.

  • Step 2 - Don’t feel the overwhelm. Focus on the quality of your time spent in this activity. With the busy schedule of a surgeon focusing on time can feel like a lost cause.  

  • Step 3 - Go do it! Create a plan to make it happen. Consider asking a friend to be an accountability partner to ensure greater uptake of your wellness strategy, habit, or activity.

Most importantly, get started! Incremental steps can lead to meaningful changes in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being!

 

What Does Wellness Mean to You? SurgeonMasters Wants to Know.

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Just Breathe 2 - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 12

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 back Stephanie Mathless, where she builds on the fundamental breathing techniques from Episode 10 that aimed to calm, relax and destress. On this new episode she introduces two new techniques which focuses on boosting energy levels and bringing more clarity to your today. 

  • Technique 1 - Bellows Breath for a quick energy boost instead of coffee

  • Technique 2 - Imaginative Breathing for an instant calming effect to improve clarity

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

  • Instead of going for your third cup of coffee, try the quick breathing (bellow breath technique)

  • When you have a bit more time, then try the imaginative breathing technique

Most importantly, find 2 or 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.

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.