Mindfulness and Stress Resources
Mindfulness Training through the LSUHSC Wellness Center follows the model set forth by Dr. Harriet Myers, who offered mindfulness training workshops to LSUHSC in 2017. All are welcome to attend as we learn and practice mindfulness techniques for wellness and to help reduce stress, and to learn to think and act with more informed awareness during our daily lives. Click here for a complete class schedule.
Headspace: The Headspace app is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US healthcare professionals working in public health settings. This includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Helping those who care for us, care for themselves. If you are a healthcare worker you can receive free access to the app by visiting https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19.
Ten Percent Happier: This app offers a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide, guided meditations for Coronavirus Responders, along with a podcast, talks and newsletter on how to handle coronavirus anxiety. If you are a healthcare worker and are not currently subscribed to Ten Percent Happier, you can receive free access to the app by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
ACGME AWARE Resources for Well-Being
ACGME AWARE is a new suite of on-demand resources designed to promote well-being among residents, faculty members, and others in the GME community. The initial focus of AWARE is primarily on individual strategies for cognitive skill-building. Members of the GME community are encouraged to use these resources for personal use or integration into local curricula. To access ACGME AWARE click here.
Guided Mindfulness Exercises
Free mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own provided by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Mindfulness Meditations Audio by Dr. Roberto P. Benzo, MD
National Academy of Medicine
Clinicians of all kinds, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, medical trainees, and others are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. This poses a significant threat to the sustainability of our health system and the safety of our patients. Solutions to systematically combat burnout are needed and they are needed now. To learn more about physician and other clinician burnout, visit the Clinician Well-being Knowledge Hub at the National Academy of Medicine's website.
AMA STEPS Forward
The AMA STEPS Forward™ practice improvement strategies empower teams like yours to identify and attain appropriate goals and tactics well matched to your practice’s specific needs and environment. As part of the AMA Ed Hub, the STEPS Forward™ transformation series offers a collection of engaging and interactive educational modules, developed by physicians to help address common practice challenges. Each module addresses a specific challenge by offering real-world solutions, practical steps to implementation, case studies, and downloadable tools and resources. Physicians and their practice staff can use these modules to help improve practice efficiency and ultimately enhance patient care, physician satisfaction and practice sustainability. Modules also offer CME credit, so physicians can earn while they learn. AMA's Practice Improvement Strategies includes information on Professional well-being. For additional information click here.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Checklist
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Checklist (PCL) is particularly useful for self-assessment. The two-page PCL should take five minutes or less to complete. This test will not diagnose PTSD, it can help you determine the nature and extent of your symptoms and whether you should consider seeking advice from your doctor or a mental health care professional. Click here to access the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist.
Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life – this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance. To find out more about your own personal balance click here.
The practice of mindfulness has been linked to happiness, health, and psychological well-being, but many of us may not know exactly what it is. Take this mindfulness quiz to learn more.
Articles for efficacy of wellness initiatives
Eat Well, Be Well: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life
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Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP
Mohammad H. Cheema, MD, DAASM, FAAFP