The Wellness and Communication Project workshop series is designed to create an honest and trusting dialogue during each patient - physician interaction. Each mind-body learning purposely precedes the communication role-play, easing the patient’s anxiety, letting the patient say what the patient wishes to say. This supports the doctor in responding to his/her patient’s individual needs, ultimately co-creating the patient - physician partnership for optimal health.
Mind-body Practice: Meditation Changes Your Mind and Body
Meditation as a tool for self-awareness and stress reduction
Communication Scenario: What Are You Afraid Of?
Immediately communicate to your physician what you are really worried about and/or afraid of, and ask that it be addressed before the end of your visit. You can say anything. “Is it cancer?”, “Am I dying?” Recognize that vulnerability is courageous.
Mind-body Practice: Imagery
Imagery affects the mind and the body. Imagery utilizes all senses and makes thought vivid. Experiment with guided imagery, and experience your reactions, as your brain doesn’t differentiate between a real or imagined experience.
Communication Scenario: Clarity
Visualize your doctor visit in detail; imagine yourself asking all the questions you need answered, and getting your needs met. This will help you to think clearly, saving valuable time.
Mind-body Practice: Mindfulness
Mindfulness allows us to enter into the present moment, on purpose, with awareness in all aspects of our lives. Experiment with mindfulness and mindful eating to fully experience the present moment.
Communication Scenario: Distractions
Ask to kindly remove distractions, and create an ideal environment for you in your dialogue with your physician. You are the most important person in that visit.
Mind-body Practice: Dialogue With A Symptom
Dialoguing with a symptom, issue or problem, is a creative outlet. It allows us access to our unconscious and gives our symptoms a voice, enabling us to see ourselves as separate from our illness, opening us up to awareness and more possibilities for healing. Experience writing as an exercise in self-expression and self-compassion.
Communication Scenario: Tell Your Story
Use writing to become a good storyteller, and make sure your doctor understands your whole story. Speak up. Advocate for your health and resist efforts to limit your reporting of multiple symptoms.
Mind-body Practice: The Magic of Breath
Breathing techniques are a method to reduce anxiety and produce relaxation. Understand the different types of breathing and how they can affect our anxiety and stress. Notice your breathing patterns and how you are able to bring your breathing from tension producing to relaxation producing.
Communication Scenario: Understand Your Medical Results
Use breathing techniques to prepare your system to take in information, and to express yourself clearly in an emotionally stressful environment. Discuss the risks and benefits of your treatment options, tests, and results. Understand your differential diagnosis and clarify it by communicating what concerns and confuses you.
Mind-body Practice: Act As If
Take 100% responsibility for your life and results.
Communication Scenario: How Do We Change Our Behavior?
Let your doctor know specifically any actions taken and how you are better as a result.