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317: Solocast – Work is My Drug (The Work Addiction Series – Part III)

Welcome back to part III of the work addiction series. In part I, we talked about the definition of work addiction. Part II was a review of the literature overall. Now in Part III I want to talk about how to navigate work addiction and how to re-enter the work environment. Listen in!   If you want to change your work addiction you need to change the way you relate to yourself, your environment, and your work. So many people come to me in the midst of burnout convinced that they need to leave their jobs.    But here’s the deal, no matter where you work, you will always take yourself.    Work addiction is not inherent in the environment that you work in necessarily. More often than not, this is an internal conflict that stems from conditioning, perfectionism, and other internal stimuli.    Listen in to hear all of my advice and let me know what you think!   “Done is better than perfect.” Dr. Errin Weisman   In this episode: [01:58] I give a brief review of the previous two parts of the series. [02:45] If you want to change your work addiction, change the way you relate to your work, yourself, and the others around you. [04:25] In my experience, the best strategy, once you’ve acknowledged you are a workaholic, is to take a pause. [05:46] I want you to look at your finances and see how much you can use as a resource while you pause. [06:20] Next, sit down and set a budget. [06:33] Now evaluate your life and see how you are living and see if there are places you can cut back. [09:04] This time and space needs to be focused on you. [09:55] Things you need to do when you are thinking about taking a pause. [11:51] It’s important to develop the capacity to disconnect from work. Links and Resources Deputy   Katrina McGee Coaching   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel. Schedule a call with Errin HERE Find out more about sponsoring an episode HERE Email Errin HERE
September 13, 2021

316: How the Circus and Emergency Medicine are Alike with Dr. Kelsey Quin

Emergency medicine is much like a 3-ring circus, just ask Dr. Kelsey Quin. She grew up in the circus capital of the United States and still volunteers in the amateur circus that she performed in. The skills she learned there are helping her succeed as a physician and she’s telling us how.   In emergency medicine there is always something going on. People being admitted, administrators coding charts, actual emergencies, and then cleaning up after the emergencies. One of the primary skills needed in an ED is the ability to prioritize each task appropriately.   It’s exactly the same in the circus. Between making sure all safety measures are in place to creating an exciting show, there is definitely a hierarchy of tasks.    Dr. Quin is sharing her background, why she chose medicine and her thoughts on medicine today. Listen in to hear it all.    Have you been to the circus lately?    “At the end of the day you have to know yourself and you need to know what got you into this profession.” Dr. Kelsey Quin   In this episode: [02:38] Welcome to the show, Dr. Kelsey Quin! [02:45] Listen as she shares what she is doing now and the circus she performed in. [04:53] She discusses how an Emergency Room is very similar to a circus act. [06:56] Dr. Quin talks about why she chose to be a D.O. [08:30] She shares what it’s like to practice as a D.O. in emergency medicine today. [11:00] Listen as she shares a bit of encouragement today. [12:38] Thank you for being on the show!   Links and Resources Deputy   Find Kelsey: Indiana Osteopathic Association All IN D.O. podcast   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.  Schedule a call with Errin HERE Wanna be on this podcast: Schedule HERE Email Errin HERE
September 13, 2021

315: Taos Adventure with Dr. Dena George

One of the most important things in life is community. Taking a time out with important people and experiencing nature and the world is simply life giving. Listen as Dr. Dena George and I chat about our Taos Adventure and share our reflections from the trail.    On one of our last days in Taos, we decided to go on an amazing hike. We’d planned to do a fairly short trail but we found out that the trail led into several others making a loop. We ended up hiking nine miles and changing elevation by over 2000 feet.    It wasn’t easy. As we were hiking we both had times that we wanted to quit. We had to push and encourage each other to keep going and as we did this, we began reflecting on the hike and our trip.    We both decided we need to celebrate the milestones in life, even when we don’t realize they’re milestones. We also both realized that people do have your back. Use your support system to help you make it through hard times.    No matter your age, physical condition, or belief, we all walk the same steps. You don’t have to be the fastest or strongest, you just have to keep walking.    Listen in to hear all of our reflections. Maybe it’s time for you to take your own adventure. Just don’t forget the most important part, an amazing friend or partner to experience it with.`   “It’s not judging the speed and not judging the size of the step. Forward is forward, a step is a step.” Dr. Dena George   In this episode: [02:10] Welcome to our reflections of our trip to Taos. [03:51] Dena shares about the critter they met the first night in their VRBO rental. [05:42] They discuss the 9 mile capstone hike they did and the reflections they had along the way. [07:30] Errin shares her first reflection from the hike. [10:09] They speak about the gate in the middle of nowhere. [10:39] Dena’s reflection is to celebrate the gate. [11:38] Another reflection is sometimes you hit milestones without even knowing you did. [13:28] Dena shares a parallel between water and high achieving professionals. [16:21] People have your back, use that support system was another reflection. [18:33] They saw an outstanding clearing because they took the time to pause. [20:41] We all walk the same steps no matter your age or physical condition. [23:12] Do the things you’ve been craving in your life. [24:43] Dena shares a final reflection. [25:26] Hope you enjoyed our reflections from Taos.   Links and Resources Deputy Find Dena: Dr. Dena George Create An Unstoppable Life Podcast  Facebook | Instagram  3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.  Schedule a call with Errin HERE Wanna be on this podcast: Schedule HERE Email Errin HERE
September 6, 2021

314: Balance with Dr. Ashley Butler

Welcome another doctor who has stepped into entrepreneurship. Dr. Ashley Butler started her healthcare career as a nurse. She then went on to become a doctor, but in her search for balance realized she was needed in a different way.    While trying to balance it all she realized it simply wasn’t possible. They hired Sherri to help with chores around the house and soon she became an extension of the family. Ashley founded MySherri to help other busy families find balance.    Her goal is to normalize getting in home help while removing the shame that comes from not being able to do everything. Home should be a place that you are able to rest and recharge, not another source of stress.    Listen as she shares her story and why she feels so passionate about helping busy professionals to find their balance. Dr. Ashley is an amazing physician and an even better business owner. Her story is fantastic and I love the magic she’s putting into the world. “Balance, particularly for physicians, for female physicians, is something we talk about but always feels right out of reach.” Dr. Ashley Butler   In this episode: [02:01] Welcome to the show, Ashley! [02:09] She shares her background and what she is doing now. [04:20] Listen as Ashley discusses why she picked the word balance. [06:03] She talks about her journey to becoming a physician. [07:25] Entrepreneurship is something that has always called her. [09:07] Ashley discusses what her business MySherri is all about. [13:47] They are building a culture for women, by women. [15:31] I talk about the people I have hired to help me take care of my family, home and yard. [19:46] Thank you Ashley for being on the show!   Links and Resources Deputy Find Ashley: MySherri Use the referral code DOCTOR when you join us today.     3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.  Schedule a call with Errin HERE Wanna be on this podcast: Schedule HERE Email Errin HERE
September 6, 2021

312: Nurse Burnout with Diana Page

Nurses suffer from burnout too. I know that I speak mostly to doctor burnout but the field of healthcare as a whole drives burnout. Listen as I chat with Diana Page, an NP working in neuro, about her journey and what she’s doing to help nurses beat burnout.    It took Diana years to realize she was burned out. She spent four years at a job, completely miserable, and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Once the light bulb clicked on, she started making huge changes and hasn’t looked back.    We both agree that it took significantly longer to realize that we were burned out because of the toxic mentality that permeates our clinics and hospitals. Everyone is pushing themselves to the brink so no one realizes just how deep in the hole they are.    Diana is a bright light shining into the deep dark pit that is burnout. She has an amazing story and I’m so happy that she is sharing it.    Do you agree with us that burnout is inherent in the culture and practice of medicine, no matter what part you play in the field?    “If everyone around you is burned out and no one’s talking about it, then you’re like, I guess this is just what we do.” Diana Page   In this episode: [02:33] Welcome to the show, Diana! [03:04] She shares her background and how she’s helping nurses with burnout. [04:38] Listen as she talks about when she realized she was burned out. [07:26] Diana discusses lateral violence and unhealthy competition in toxic work environments. [10:28] She shares some tips on ways to weed out the places with toxic work environments. [12:53] I add a few things that I encourage people to look for. [15:27] If they answer your questions honestly and take responsibility, it speaks a lot about the organization. [17:42] Diana discusses how she helps her mentees when they feel like they are in over their heads and when it’s time to find a different job. [20:16] I talk about the 4 C’s that I work with my clients. [23:26] We can change healthcare if we all work together! [26:04] Thank you for being on the show!   Links and Resources Deputy Fierce Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff Episode 308 - Dr. Kristin Neff - Fierce Self-Compassion  Find Diana: Selfcare Catalyst The Well Nurse Collective Rise to Resilience Mentorship Instagram   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.  Schedule a call with Errin HERE Wanna be on this podcast: Schedule HERE Email Errin HERE
August 30, 2021

313: Solocast – Work is My Drug (The Work Addiction Series – Part II)

I’m digging deep into this! I wanted to check more into the actual literature on work addiction but somewhat surprisingly, there isn’t much there. What I did find is both shocking and kind of expected. Listen as I bust three myths about work addiction.    The first myth is that there are only psychological consequences to work addiction. In fact, the literature is quite clear that prolonged, chronic stress leads to physical manifestations and work addiction has been placed in this category. Your body does indeed physically manifest its distress.    There is also this pervasive thought that work addiction is a good thing in some ways, but that simply isn’t true. Any addiction is a negative influence in our lives. Even if you’re addicted to eating salads every day and all you eat is salad while ignoring all the other necessary vitamins and minerals needed to sustain life, that healthy act will become unhealthy.    Additionally, for those of us afflicted with work addiction, it doesn’t matter how much time you spend working. There are people who are not addicted to their work, who work astronomical numbers of hours, and when they’re not working can simply turn it off.    I’m not one of those people. No matter if I work 1 hour or 20 hours, I feel the same drain or high (depending on the day) regardless. Because it’s a drug and the actual time taking it doesn’t change the effect.    Also, you may not only be hurting yourself. One of the key problems with work addiction is how our drug affects our children. Don’t believe me? Listen in to learn more.   “We can’t change the past at this point. We can’t take back time with our kids. God, I wish I could.” Dr. Errin Weisman In this episode: [02:54] Listen as I break down some things I found from my jump into PubMed. [04:33] Myth #1 is that there are only psychological consequences of being addicted to your work. [05:05] I share the physical consequences of work addiction. [06:47] I don’t remember the first year of my first child's life and it breaks my heart. [07:17] Myth #2 work addiction is a positive thing. [11:04] Myth #3 work addiction is a function of time engaging in work. [12:27] Healthy things in life can also become addictions. [13:35] It’s not the hours in the day you work if you have a work addiction, it’s the impact of those hours. [14:44] Your tangible takeaway is that you are different, and advocate for yourself because it comes down to an individual basis. [16:02] Thank you for listening!       Links and Resources Deputy   Simply Worth It Podcast PubMed   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel. Schedule a call with Errin HERE Find out more about sponsoring an episode HERE Email Errin HERE
August 30, 2021

Doctor Me First Podcast

The Doctor Me First podcast comes from Dr. Errin Weisman’s passion to help those that are burnt-out, feel broken and despair to transform their lives and work to be joy-filled, sustainable and that they absolutely freakin’ love!

Most episodes consist of an authentic conversation between Dr. Weisman and her female colleague guest. The one prep work for the guest…pick one word to frame their conversation around. Other series episodes include her husband, Craig, in a series called “Married to an Alpha Female. or her favorite people in that series called “Favorites with Favorites.”

No more feeling alone in medicine because Doctor Me First Podcast is a community of truth speakers, life savers and fierce females who want to support one another. Errin Weisman DO also offers sassy, down to earth answers to your biggest questions on how to do work you love and live your best life.
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Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce wellness advocate who helps inspire female physicians and working moms to do the work they love and absolutely love life. Her work in the world is to openly tell how she faced professional burnout early in her family medicine career so that no one feels alone, all know that change is possible because "if she can do it, so can I" and that you can have a joy-filled and sustainable career.

She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer's wife, athlete and mother of three. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.

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