Residency Updates…and the Art of Taking it Easy

Time is just flying by! Today marks the end of the first 4 months as a second-year resident. I completed my second batch of internal medicine rotations as well as my rural rotations. I absolutely loved my rural rotations! I can definitely feel my confidence as a doctor growing and am thankful that there are always more experienced physicians around to consult when I feel unsure about things. This summer was also wonderful as we did quite a bit of camping which the kids loved. And as COVID restrictions loosen, it has been great to spend time with friends and family!

I have just finished reading a great book on managing stress entitled “The Art of Taking it Easy” by comedian/psychologist Dr. Brian King. Some key points from the book include:

Try not to dwell on things that are out of your control

View challenges as a problem to be solved (rather than something to be avoided at all costs). This trains us to become resilient and better able to handle future challenges. This point fits in very nicely with a verse from the Bible that a good friend shared with me this week “But I prayed, now strengthen my hands” Nehemiah 6:9. The idea being that when Nehemiah (cupbearer to the Persian king in ~5th century B.C.) faced challenges regarding the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, he prayed for strength to handle the challenge rather than praying to be taken out of that challenging situation.

Practice daily gratitude, be specific and write down or reflect on something you are grateful for that happened TODAY.

What are YOU grateful for today?

Summer/ Fall family fun!

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