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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. Smaller studies report
improvements in how health-care providers feel, and suggest gains in patients’ perceptions of provider empathy, as well as other measures. The evidence behind mindfulness has become so strong that is now considered ‘mainstream’ medicine instead of ‘alternative’ for the purpose of funding grants.

Most importantly, mindfulness is meant to be practical and accessible to anyone. It isn’t specifically a meditation technique, nor does it aim for bliss, perfection, or the elimination of stress – none of which is possible. 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. The best analogy is exercise. Work out, your physical health improves. Practice mindfulness, your mental health does.

Dr. Bertin leads mindfulness classes both online and in person.
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