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 »
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 »
Do you frequently feel resentment about your life or your circumstances? Perhaps there is someone who frequently takes advantage of you. It leaves you seething each time, but you feel helpless to do anything about it.
Or maybe, like me, you’re not very good at speaking up about things that need to change. Too often, I …Continue Reading »
Do you frequently experience anxiety symptoms such as nervousness, trembling, or runaway emotions? Do you also frequently experience symptoms of hypoglycemia? The two may be closely related.
My first memory of “hypoglycemia” happened when I was in my early thirties. I was shopping for groceries. One minute I was fine, then the next I felt lightheaded, weak, anxious, …Continue Reading »