The power behind “I can do this” – Part Two

So tell us, how was your week of positive self-statements? Did you notice a difference? Did you perform better during the day, or notice being in a better mood? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear about your experience with self-talk! Now, let’s delve a bit deeper. As seen in our previousContinue reading “The power behind “I can do this” – Part Two”

The power behind “I can do this” – Part One

No, you’re not crazy. You’re not the only one who talks to themselves, who has a constant internal monologue running throughout the day. Everyone has that little voice inside their heads, whether you notice it often, or not. Mindfulness can help us become more aware of that inner speech, with less judgment and with aContinue reading “The power behind “I can do this” – Part One”

Do surgical trainees benefit from practicing mindfulness?

It is no secret that surgeons often work in high-stakes environments and they are under a constant pressure to perform. Although there has been a lot of work to show that mindfulness can positively influence the patient-physician encounter, how does it impact surgical skills? Stress is also a known modulator of performance so whether aContinue reading “Do surgical trainees benefit from practicing mindfulness?”

Why is Mindfulness so Challenging for Healthcare Workers?

So maybe you’re curious about establishing a mindfulness practice. As with acquiring any new skill, there’s a bit of a learning curve involved, and it has more to do with you than with the practise of meditation itself. One of the most common concerns about learning to meditate for the first time is “how doContinue reading “Why is Mindfulness so Challenging for Healthcare Workers?”

Mindfulness training: short and sweet does the trick

A recent study out of the United-States is of interest to medical students who are interested in mindfulness, but feel that it requires too much time commitment to learn about the practice. The study shows how a short introduction to mindfulness might be just as good as a longer introduction course.     This randomized control trialContinue reading “Mindfulness training: short and sweet does the trick”

Can mindfulness make me less emotionally reactive?

Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in reducing emotional impulsivity. However, the mechanism underlying this observation is not well understood. It has been suggested that mindfulness reduces “knee-jerk”  emotional responses through three related processes: it allows people to engage with an emotion more by paying closer attention to it, it encourages awareness of theContinue reading “Can mindfulness make me less emotionally reactive?”