Ep 001: Giving Ourselves Permission

Welcome to the first episode of Physician Wellness First, the show dedicated to helping physicians learn to take care of themselves so they can take better care of their patients. My name is Dr. Kathy Stepien, and I’m a pediatric hospitalist, as well as the founding director of The Institute for Physician Wellness. Having worked in healthcare for over 30 years, I know what it’s like to experience burnout, and my mission is to help other physicians avoid this common problem.

The medical industry needs support for wellness now more than ever, and nothing is more important for wellness than the topic I’ll be discussing today: giving ourselves permission to set boundaries and identify what we need. Listen in to hear the common reasons we give ourselves for always putting others first, as well as how this hurts us, our patients, and our families. We’ll go through exercises to help you reconnect with your own needs, and end with a guided meditation that will help put you on the right path to wellness.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why it can be challenging for physicians to talk about their own wellness.
  • Common reasons we don’t give ourselves permission to attend to our own needs.
  • What permission truly means.
  • Why physician health is so important, not just for us, but for our patients, families, and communities.
  • An exercise to help us turn toward wellness.
  • A guided meditation to use for developing awareness.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Certainly we can’t truly have physician wellness unless all physicians—regardless of gender, or race, or age, or sexual orientation—are welcome to the table. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet We take the oath to care for patients, but we also need to care for each other, in addition to ourselves … We’re physicians, not martyrs. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet I firmly believe that when we are healthier in medicine, medicine is healthier and we all benefit: us, our patients, our families, our communities. And for me, that’s what it’s all about. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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