I had my first taste of burning out (along with overlapping depression) years ago, when I was an Emergency Medicine resident. Because I never wanted to hit bottom that hard, ever again, I decided to learn everything I could about resilience and mental wellness.
I started working as a coach over a decade ago, helping busy, overwhelmed women create more …Continue Reading »
A few years ago, I spoke about burnout at a national meeting of an association of specialist physicians. I’m always a little nervous when speaking to physician colleagues, and this was no exception.
A few minutes before the presentation, I was doing something near the back of the room.
“Excuse me, Dr. Biali!”
I turned and looked over. This …Continue Reading »
I’m working on a proposal for a new book. This involves a lot of sitting and thinking. Ever since I started, a strange phenomenon has emerged.
I want to clean all the time.
While sitting at my desk, I fantasize about scrubbing things. I long to get at the dirty-ish sliding glass doors that I stare off into …Continue Reading »
Stress brings out the worst. Not just the worst behavior (such as being more irritable with others), but also the worst choices.
If I’m stressed, my first response is to reach for comfort food. Cookies, cake or chocolate, and the more, the better. This soothes in the moment, but I always regret it after the food …Continue Reading »
I’ve written a lot about sleep, but it’s time I wrote an article that’s just about the phone problem.
In my medical practice, many people ask for sleeping pills because they can’t get a good night’s rest. Coaching clients, too, complain of trouble winding down, poor sleep and broken sleep.
The first thing I target?
People have a vague idea …Continue Reading »
Do you struggle to lose weight, and then struggle more to keep it from piling back on? This seemingly endless cycle is not only stressful but demoralizing.
Years ago, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Dietetics (nutrition) before moving on to study medicine. Back then we thought weight management was based on a simple linear relationship of calories in versus …Continue Reading »
As a coach I work with a variety of leaders (from mid-level managers to high-ranking executives), helping them to reduce their stress, recover from burnout, improve work-life balance and operate more effectively.
Time after time, after I do a little digging, a core problem emerges. Their lack of boundaries with coworkers or clients is stealing prime …Continue Reading »
Do you use food as a way of numbing your feelings? So many people do. It could be because you’re stressed, upset, anxious or even just bored. If you’ve been engaging in “emotional eating” for a long time, you may not even realize that you’re doing it. You may know that you’re eating too much, …Continue Reading »
You long for sleep, but you can’t calm your racing mind. You may even feel tired before going to bed. But as soon as your head hits the pillow, it happens again. You’re wide awake. You can’t stop thinking. It’s the worst.
I regularly speak to groups about the necessity of sleep for prevention of burnout, management of stress, improvement of …Continue Reading »
So, you want to help someone change a problem behavior. I’m talking about all kinds of behaviors here. This could be the loved one who keeps smoking, or eats more than is healthy for them, or drinks too much, or keeps spending more than they earn. Perhaps they eat too much junk food, or choose …Continue Reading »