About a decade into his medical career, Dr. Jeff Horacek of Portland was facing burnout.
Horacek, an internal medicine physician, was working full time in primary care. He was exhausted — physically, mentally and emotionally — from the demands of his job and the stress of a recent divorce.
Then a colleague suggested Horacek learn some mindfulness skills. The suggestion changed Horacek’s life, both personally and professionally.
“It’s improved the quality of my relationships with my clients in the office. It’s improved the quality of the relationships with my colleagues. It’s improved the quality of the relationships with my loved ones,” Horacek said.
In addition, Horacek said, he has more empathy for people. He’s more patient and understanding of what others are experiencing. He treats others with more kindness.