chapter  2
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Self-Care: Cultivating Healthy Resilience

Burnout is highly prevalent in the healthcare system and takes a steep toll on physicians and other members of the healthcare team. Mounting research on the serious physical, mental, and social effects of long-term stress, shift work, and sleep disruption (Siedsma and Emlet 2015) points to the need for a shift from the outdated model of endurance and stoicism to a modern approach to physician health that capitalizes on research advances in nutrition, key dietary supplements, physical activity, sleep, environmental health, and mind–body approaches. Integrative medicine offers a useful blueprint for progress. (McClafferty et al. 2014) Some of the most compelling research in physician health and wellness has accumulated in the mind–body medicine arena, particularly in mindfulness and compassion training, discussed in more detail below.