Mindfulness in Medicine

Although the vast majority of the United States’ workforce is overly strained, healthcare professionals are particularly vulnerable to stress and cognitive fatigue. Research indicates that two-thirds of fully-trained doctors are experiencing emotional, physical, and mental burnout from persistent pressure at work.

Mindfulness training courses have been clinically proven to help healthcare workers be more attentive, focused, and empathetic. In turn, increased mental resilience to emotional exhaustion improves the quality of care that doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals can provide to their patients. Whether you’re interested in coaching, speaking engagements, or teambuilding retreats, Mindfulness Strategies has a solution.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

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Contemplative practices such as mindfulness allow us to be fully present in the moment as well as have a more established sense of control when it comes to productivity and cognitive efficiency. When anxiety, depression, or obsessive thoughts seep into the healthcare workplace, it can be difficult to connect with both patients and fellow co-workers.

Empathy is one of the most important traits of a healthcare worker, but high stress levels can make it difficult for a physician to sympathize and express understanding with a patient. This is significant, as the Journal of Clinical Medicine indicates that a well-developed patient-physician relationship has been linked with improved health outcomes and patient compliance.  

Mindfulness Strategies conceptualist Kim Hill is an experienced mindfulness practitioner with the know-how and passion to help medical professionals implement effective practices that relieve the heavy burdens of the mind and improve well-being.

Mindfulness Goes a Long Way

Many healthcare professionals feel overextended by their lack of time. The medical field’s long hours often inhibit doctors, physicians, and nurses from tending to their own personal health and well-being. However, a study that analyzed the effects of a weekend mindfulness session and two follow-up courses proved that even an abbreviated mindfulness practice reduced levels of burnout, anxiety, depression, and distress among health care professionals.  

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Busy healthcare professionals can also incorporate mindfulness practice in the midst of the work day with breathing techniques to help with re-centering and focus. The Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice Program is an example of how meditation helps clinicians to be more open-minded and compassionate toward both themselves and their patients.

Rejuvenate Your Mind

It’s imperative for healthcare professionals to be fully present for their patients, and regular mindfulness practice can help doctors to calm their thoughts by teaching them to be more in tune with their emotions. With reflective practices targeted toward emotional management, concentration, and focus, mindfulness will not only improve health but regulate it to maintain a strong body and mind.

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