If you’re a practicing physician, you don’t need anyone else to tell you that the risk for chronic stress and burn out has been rising. A recent Mayo clinic survey found more than half of physicians today have at least one symptom of burn out. Excessive stress of this kind doesn’t affect only your own wellbeing, but often affects communication and patient care.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs have been shown through hundreds of studies to decrease stress and anxiety, along with many other specific benefits. Studies report improvements in how health-care providers feel, and suggest gains in patients’ perceptions of provider empathy, as well as other measures.
Most importantly, mindfulness is practical and accessible for anyone. It isn’t specifically a meditation technique, nor does it aim for being perfectly calm, all the time, or the elimination of stress. It also doesn’t take a lot of time, and can be integrated into anyone’s busy life. What mindfulness really shows is that we can intentionally develop traits that help manage the stress and uncertainty of life.
When we regularly train ourselves to be more focused, less reactive, and to settle ourselves throughout the day before stress takes over, our lives get easier. One analogy is with physical exercise: Work out, your physical health improves. Practice mindfulness, your mental health does.
For interested individuals or groups, Dr. Bertin leads mindfulness classes both online and in person. Please fill out the form below to request more information about upcoming classes.