Mid-Week Balance: 15 May 2013

Hi all–if you noticed that MWB was missing last week, I apologize.  I was home with a sick kiddo, and didn’t make it to the computer.  But, everyone is healthy this week, and I have an enormous round-up for you.  There is so much good stuff that I am going to jump right in.


Self-Care and Self-Criticism

So often in my office, I hear clients talk about themselves in frustrated, angry, even unkind ways.  Here are two perspectives on that phenomenon.  Rosie Molinary talks about the importance of breaking up with your inner “frenemy.”  Glynis Sherwood, MEd, discusses how we develop our “inner hecklers” and offers some suggestions about how we might stand up to them.

Dr. Sara Gottfried talks about the critical importance of choosing to breathe, both for our physical health and for our emotional health.  She emphasizes the value of yoga practices for this.  Now that’s speaking my language.

I absolutely love this post from Dr. Tara Brach.  She uses a story about monkeys on a golf course to illustrate the principle that life is not about what happens, but about how we respond to what happens.  Since this is an issue I explore in session all the time, I might even borrow the story.

I know that Mother’s Day was last weekend, but this post makes some lovely points about how we think of ourselves and our bodies.

And finally, I appreciate this post from Seth Godin about how our efforts to avoid fear often lead to even more fearful behavior.

Highlighting Patient Voices

I am increasingly looking for patient voices to feature in MWB, because I think that our health care system will be “fixed” only if patients have a huge voice in the necessary changes.  So, I’ll start with this post from Jessica Apple of The Sweet Life blog.  She offers fifteen things she wishes that doctors would learn, about her and about all patients.  It’s worth spending some time on.

If you had to boil Jessica’s post down to a single concept, it would be the one discussed by Robert Pederse of the T Minus Two blog.  He points out that most patients are seeking fundamental respect from their health care providers and educators.

In this post, which is long but completely worth the read, blogger DCPatient explores what she calls the “cumulative burden” of living with and managing a chronic health condition.

I know this was a lot today, but I hope that you found something that spoke to you this week.  As always, please feel free to share your favorite resource in the comments.

Since part of my online work is encouraging others to think and plan for end of life decisions early, I appreciated this post from oncologist Dr. James Salwitz about how we are “too busy to die.”

One thought on “Mid-Week Balance: 15 May 2013

  1. Great to hear another voice in the chorus. Please have a look at some of the Patient Voices on our site (www.patientvoices.org.uk) The patient experience of health and social care is something that (sadly and/or gladly) links us across continents and healthcare systems.


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