Finding Peace and Mindfulness in Times of Uncertainty with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski

If you’re feeling a little stir crazy and uncertain about what the future holds for our industry, you are not alone. Dr. Dawn Kulongowski joins me on the show today to share her expertise in meditation, mindfulness, and managing stress in the best way. We talk about applications from her journey and my own that will hopefully help you in moments of stress and uncertainty.

From week one of shutting down her practice, Dawn walks us through her process of managing her business and mind, as well as how things changed over time. Listen in to learn how to get ahead, advice for dealing with constant change, and the importance of finding value and fulfillment in your life outside of your practice and inside of yourself.

Key Quotes:

  • “We think we have the hands of God, and then we’re told they aren’t needed.”
  • “A little dose of reality can be a good thing to help us get our life in balance and put our life in perspective.”
  • “It’s that fear of the future thing. The biggest issue I’m seeing in everyone is that everyone is afraid.”
  • “We have two choices right now: We can trust that life does have a way of working out, or we can live in fear and have ulcers and heart attacks.”
  • “Happiness and fulfillment are internal things, and we were never taught that.”
  • “We’re never going to calm the world; we have to learn to be calm despite whatever is going on in the world.”

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Staying Sane and Excelling Under Pressure with Dr. Cristian Pavel

Staying Sane and Excelling Under Pressure with Dr. Cristian Pavel

Most of our practices have been thrown into more than a little bit of a curveball as we limit our access to patients, try to protect our teams, and more to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re wondering what’s next and how to stay sane in this lockdown mode, Dr. Cristian Pavel carries some important insight and information that will help you greatly during this difficult time and encourage you to move forward.

Listen in as I share my own breakthrough and Cristian opens up about his journey in dentistry, as well as how he is using yoga to relax, get in touch, encourage acceptance, and increase his mental strength. Many of us burn out or resort to things that damage us or others in challenging times, but we talk about how you can break free from the normal and become more comfortable with where you are and where you’re going.

Key Quotes:

  • “The language we use in our minds dictates everything.”
  • “Pressure is the greatest blessing.”
  • “Adversity helps us reveal our character, and right now is the greatest opportunity for that.”
  • “We’ve always been trained and reinforced in survival mode.”
  • “Go into things with curiosity—not just with the intention to ‘slay’ it.”
  • “There’s only one failure in my book, and that’s not trying.”

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Dentists’ Stress Reduction Series with Jen Butler: Part III

Quotes & Notes:Jen Butler

  • When it comes to coping methods for stress, the first thing is to know what kind of stress you have.
  • Coping with stress is not a blanket where I am going to use coping method A and that is going to impact all of my stress.
  • There are three kinds of stress, one which is situational stress, and this is the most common and most popular type of stress that people have in their lives.
  • Coping methods for situational stress is somehow related to efficient time management.
  • The next kind of stress is psychological stress. Psychological stress is the kind that is most avoided because psychological stress is that type of stress which is self-induced. It is typically the really bad negative, yucky things we say to ourselves.
  • The only appropriate coping methods for psychological stress are psychological activities. The best thing to do to reduce your psychological stress is to increase your curiosity.
  • The third one is physiological stress, which this is the kind of stress that people aren’t even aware that they have. And physiological stress is that kind of stress directly related to health and wellness.
  • It’s about diagnosing the problem and the appropriate solution for the condition.
  • A lot of times what stresses people out really comes from that psychological stress because most people have skill in the situational stressors.
  • The top five coping methods are breathing, humor, mindfulness, connecting with people and make sure you get minimum of eight hours of sleep.

If you would like to learn more from Jennifer Butler feel free to go to her website, jenbutlerpartners.com. Follow her on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JenButlerCoaching.

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Dentists’ Stress Reduction Series with Jen Butler: Part I

Quotes & Notes:Jen Butler

  • Jen Butler Inc. is a company that is dedicated to helping dental professionals to reduce stress from working individually with doctors, to office manager or just throughout the whole team.
  • When stress is present in the practices, regardless of who has the stress, it is pervasive throughout the office.
  • One thing that is really important to understand is that people see stress as external events, situations or problems.  They don’t see it as internal response for something.
  • There are four key indicators that are really unique to the dental office and stress: 1) Having a loss of energy 2) loss of focus 3) loss of concentration and 4) forgetfulness.
  • Stress comes out, and it comes out in body language, it comes out in those non-verbals, it comes out in just the way we carry ourselves.

There are three main ways that stress can show itself: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  • The challenge with a dental office is that when someone is stressed it requires everyone else to pick up the slack.
  • The first step I have with every client is to know your stress. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.
  • Be mindful of what we personalize.
  • There are no problems, only opportunities.

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Dr. Dike Drummond on “An Epidemic Called Burnout”

Quotes & Notes:

Dr. Dike Drummond on "An Epidemic Called Burnout" - Podcast

  • “I had been a victim of career ending burnout.”
  • “When things are going well it’s great, but when things are not going well it’s probably really difficult to find somebody that you can talk to and confide in if what you’ve got is not necessarily what you want.”
  • “It’s one thing to be brave and it’s another thing to know what to do.”
  • “If you want it, right it down and we’ll go ahead and start bending your life and your practice in that direction.”
  • “The old square peg in a round hold…So what I see is that it’s not that people are ignoring anything, they know it’s there. They just think it’s a problem with them and they need to drive themselves even farther into the square hole even if they don’t fit.”
  • [On burnout] “It’s an epidemic.”
  • “If I need to convince them, they’re not ready.”
  • “When you are over-stressed, these things that you don’t want in your life will be magnified – they’ll be very, very clear in your awareness.”
  • “Three components that you need in order to trigger a new habit:  You have to have the ability, you have to have the motivation and you have to have a trigger.”
  • Quote that inspire Dr. Dike – “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind – Dr. Seuss.”

Learn more about Dr. Dike at http://www.thehappymd.com/

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