Mindfulness is simply being aware, present, and engaged in the moment, instead of feeling rushed, distracted, and annoyed. Two things that can help you practice mindfulness during patient visits are connection and curiosity.
To build connection, find areas of commonality:
To practice curiosity, consider the other person's circumstances:
Practicing mindfulness isn't the solution to all of your problems, but it can help you feel more fulfilled and not simply survive each workday.
Adapted from "Reducing Frustration and Increasing Fulfillment: Mindfulness."
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