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“Allow yourself a moment to focus on yourself, not the next patient. Take a drink of cold water, go to the bathroom, and maybe take a lap around the room. Physically relax those tensed muscles.
This will allow you to start the journey of healing.
Instead of just pushing yourself deeper until the bottle of unprocessed emotions causes an explosion, notice each moment. The more that we are aware of what we are experiencing, the easier it is each time to ground yourself and process before moving on. This is not easy and requires practice, but we can do hard things. We graduated from medical school and residency! We spend so much time healing other people. It is time we heal ourselves too.”
Mallory Salentine is a pediatrician and leadership coach.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Allow yourself a moment to focus on yourself, not the next patient.”
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