Standing Behind the Waterfall of Thoughts - Ep 002 | The Institute for Physician Wellness

Standing Behind the Waterfall of Thoughts – Ep 002

June 9, 2021

Researchers tell us that we think approximately 60,000 thoughts per day—and the majority of those are negative. Although we can assume that there is individual variation, many of us are experiencing a lot of negativity from our own minds every day. So how do we overcome these constant negative thoughts? The answer is: we don’t. Instead, we embrace this normal way of thinking and learn to accept that this is our brain’s way of making sure we are safe.

In this episode, Kathy will be sharing how to use mindset work to acknowledge thoughts as they come while recognizing that we do not need to believe everything our brains tell us. Listen in as she explains how to stand behind the waterfall of thoughts and why these are so prevalent in physicians’ minds specifically. You will learn why negative thoughts are only problematic if you believe them to be true, why the practice of medicine causes more burnout than most other industries, and how to be more present in your life.

Listen to the Full Episode:

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Why Kathy has been focusing on coaching. (1:00)
  • Why we are inclined to caution and to readily engage with anything that gives us dopamine. (6:35)
  • The reasoning behind our cautionary—and sometimes negative—thoughts. (8:35)
  • Why we do not need to believe every thought we have. (11:45)
  • The problem with all of these negative thoughts. (16:56)
  • The default mental activities that we all experience. (21:02)

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I'm Kathy Stepien, MD

I’m a board-certified Pediatrician, Director of the Institute for Physician Wellness, and super mom of two teenage boys. I help women physicians find their way forward. I’m all about physician well-being and I’d love to support you with your personal and professional development.