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Overcoming Burnout: Mindfulness Strategies for Healthcare Workers with Dr. Gail Gazelle – Ep.29

03 Jul 2024

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Episode Summary:

Dr. Gail Gazelle, a physician, coach, and author with a profound commitment to addressing physician burnout and enhancing resilience among healthcare professionals. With notable works such as Everyday Resilience: A Practical Guide to Build Inner Strengths and Weather Life's Challenges and Mindful MD: Six Ways Mindfulness Restores Your Autonomy and Cures Healthcare Burnout, Dr. Gazelle shares her insights on building resilience and applying mindfulness in the demanding field of healthcare. 

Join us as we explore practical strategies to help healthcare workers thrive despite the challenges of modern medical practice.

What You Will Learn:

  • Defining Resilience: Learn about the concept of resilience as a well of inner resources and how to tap into it.

  • Practical Mindfulness: Discover simple mindfulness techniques to manage stress and enhance wellbeing.

  • Combatting Burnout: Understand the true impact of burnout and strategies to recognize and address it in any profession.

  • Managing Technology: Tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with smartphones to stay present.

  • Daily Mindfulness Practices: Integrate easy mindfulness exercises into your routine to build mental fitness and resilience.

About Dr. Gail Gazelle:


Dr. Gazelle is a former hospice physician, part-time Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor, Master Certified Coach for physicians, and mindfulness meditation teacher. Over the past decade, she has coached over 700 physicians and physician leaders. She is the author of the 2023 Mindful MD. 6 Ways Mindfulness Restores Your Autonomy and Cures Healthcare Burnout. Download your free chapter at

She is also the author of the 2020 Everyday Resilience. A Practical Guide to Build Inner Strength and Weather Life’s Challenges and the 2013 Harvard Health Guide Mindfulness Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.

Dr. Gazelle’s work has been featured in as diverse venues as the New England Journal of Medicine, CNN, Medical Economics, and O, the Oprah Magazine. 



Memorable Quotes:

  • "Resilience is a deep well of resources that we all have within us, including courage, calm, creativity, and connection."
  • "Mindfulness is not about meditating for hours a day; it’s about integrating practical exercises into the moments of our day."
  • "Burnout isn’t just about feeling tired; it’s a state of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a disconnection from our sense of purpose."
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