In this episode, Dr. Curious meets physiatrist and lifestyle medicine guru Eddie Phillips, MD. Marie describes the draining of cognitive, emotional, and physical energy engendered by rapid multitasking and juggling in the clinic. In response, Dr. Phillips emphasizes the importance of physician self-care to counteract energy depletion. Health professionals should practice what they preach when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and substance use. He then offers multiple tips on how to incorporate good lifestyle practices into one’s daily life. Marie is encouraged both to exercise while interacting with her young children, and to derive joy and pleasure from these healthy interactions. Another way to counter energy depletion is to focus on the joy one derives from helping patients. Finally, Dr. Phillips advises Marie to improve her lifestyle practices by making small changes, building and growing incrementally. Drs. Schwab and Phillips inspire Dr. Curious to test out a lifestyle improvement before the next episode.
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