I haven’t been around the blogging world for the last week because I’ve been working a lot and getting my life organized for my surgery tomorrow. I’ve pretty much been working non-stop since last Wednesday and that includes today – I’m about to start a 12 hour shift in our emergency department.
In addition to working hard, I’ve been trying to make a few changes in my life, the most notable one being mindfulness. I’ve tried mindfulness in small doses before, but I have previously bought books about mindfulness based stress reduction and I’ve never gotten around to reading them (ironically). This past week I have been making an effort to read Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Mindfulness for Beginners” book a little bit each night, and do se of the meditation exercises. I know I have to commit to this for a long time to make it a useful part of my life, but I have to say, I really enjoy it. Hopefully it will make a difference to my anxiety and stress, at least before I start residency!
Anyhow, I’m off now to do a little bit if mindfulness meditation before I start my shift. I work until late tonight, then surgery tomorrow, then match day on Wednesday. Busy, stressful week!