Water, Flow State, and Wellness

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Water, Flow States, and Wellness

I find water and being in water to be a very deeply meaningful state. In fact, I find that actually being in water I feel like I’m in a deeper flow state. There is a meditative quality to it, almost a meditation in motion process.

When it comes to wellness it is so important to find daily multiple times when you can enter into that kind of flow state. That can be physical activity that you really groove into, formally doing meditation, finding time to being in gratitude during the day, or other types of activities. Some other activities for me include hugging my daughter and telling her a blessing every single morning.

Those essential moments throughout the day that allow us to be in a flow state are key in terms of total mind and body health and wellness. The more of those opportunities that you can find, adds to the quality of your life.

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Rest and Renewal

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Rest and renewal are such key aspects in recovering from an active and dynamic lifestyle. This time of year reflection and rest are automatically built into most of our schedules. But what are you doing on a daily or regular basis throughout the year? It’s essential to think about this in a formal way just like you think about anything else if you want to maintain high level performance long-term.

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Weekends, Chauffeuring, and Self Care

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I love the brief moments with my daughter as I take her to all her weekend morning activities. But sometime it can feel like I am a part time chaufer. Make sure to spend a bit of time in the morning to take care of yourself with a workout and a good meal before taking on the day.

For a lot of you, and certainly for me, Saturday and Sunday mornings are generally spent transporting my daughter to her activities, and basically waiting around for a couple of hours for her to finish. It’s a privilege that I get to spend time with her and it’s good for her as well.

But in order to leverage weekends so that it’s still positive, productive and fun, it’s always important to try and get a workout first thing in the morning. Get a good meal in first thing in the morning as well. And basically set yourself up for the rest of the day and the rest of the weekend. That way, even if you’re spending a lot of time just hanging out in your car or a cafe waiting for your kid to be done with whatever activities they are in, at least you set yourself up for a good start for that day.

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Getting Better One Patient at a Time

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Getting Better One Patient at a Time
There’s so much to learn from patient care everyday. This encounter reminded me how much better we can be doing every single day.
Something interesting happened today which made me think about things a little differently. I was ultrasounding a patient’s hand and wrist, a new patient referred to me for various pains. One of the variables that is listed on the ultrasound machine is male or female. I have two ultrasound machines in the office, one that’s fairly new and another one that’s a few years older. An interesting thing that I noticed was that the only two designations that they have under genders are male and female, which you would traditionally expect. In this patient’s case he is transgender male. It’s interesting. I wouldn’t necessarily expect my ultrasound machine to have every single possible self identified gender designation, but it made me think about the field of medicine.
The practice of medicine is a very practical, humane science. You deal with people and their very real issues every single day. And yet we are always trying to catch up to what are the current social norms and issues of the day.
Frequently in our modern society, which is changing a lot faster than it has in centuries, we’re trying to play catch up a lot more than maybe we should be. This is one small example, but an example of where we can do better with patients. Maybe part of it is just recognizing it and saying, yeah maybe we could be better about this. But there’s a lot of those kind of occasions where I do sit back and think that this system could be better, more humane, and more respectful to people in general and certainly people with all of their differences and personalized needs.
As we go on as a society, the more that we can respect and recognize those kinds of differences, the better off we are serving people. And certainly the more personalized we can be when it comes to care, I think the better we are serving our individual patients as well.
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Cold Alert! Keep Exercising.

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Cold Alert! Keep Exercising.

It’s cold and snowy in the Midwest! What are you doing to stay physically active? Alter and adjust and keep moving forward.


The last two weeks here in Chicago it’s been incredibly cold, snowy and icy. If you’re like me, you may have a pretty regimented consistent exercise regimen that you do day in, day out. Every day that I commute to work, I see a whole lot of people who are cycling to work as well. Obviously with the cold weather, not too many cyclists are on the road now.
I can imagine that as change occurs it throws off your normal workout regimen. I know for me if I go on vacation or take a couple of days off, it really throws things off. With the weather change it’s a really great opportunity to reassess and redo how you decide to work out for the winter time. You can look at change as a negative that throws things off and you can’t get back to your normal routine. Or you can look at change as an opportunity to reset and redo what your doing, which is good for your health, body, and mindset. Exercise that stresses your body in different ways is healthy and prodcutive.

In my case, I really enjoy swimming. Fortunately the gym that I belong to has an indoor pool and for the next few months I plan to get into a swimming routine that will help to stress my body in different ways, let me change up my exercise in a positive way, and allow me to continue to stay physically active during the winter.

So while it’s super cold and challenging right now here in the Midwest, it’s also a really great opportunity to change, adapt, and continue to grow.

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