Breathe in, Breathe out - happiness, self-care and personal finance with Dr. Bruce Freeman (Part 2/2)
Noobie Dentist Podcast
The Noobie Dentist Podcast – Dr. Bruce Freeman (Part 2) Episode Run Time: 01:24:05 Intro Today, I chat with Dr. Bruce Freeman for part 2 of our 2 part series. Dr. Bruce Freeman is the Director of Patient Experience for dentalcorp, helping dentists across Canada achieve clinical success that results in the best experience for their patients. Bruce is a native of Toronto, Ontario where he currently practices as an orthodontist and as a staff clinician at Mount Sinai’s facial pain unit. Bruce also lectures across the globe on orthodontics, facial pain and the patient experience. Outside of dentistry, he likes to help his fellow clinicians through the practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. In the second part of this two part series, we talk about practicing self-care. Bruce talks about his recent article on the happiness line and we talk about the neuroscience of happiness. We also go into how to take care of yourself through mindfulness, yoga, meditation, diet and nutrition. Finally, we touch on finances and what money means to us. Guest Details Website: Freeman, Caro & Lands Orthodontics Social Media: Bruce Freeman - LinkedIn Bruce Freeman - Instagram Time Stamps [00:02:35] Satisficing: choosing between the “optimum choice is a simplified world” versus a “satisfactory choice in a realistic world” [00:06:06] Bruce illustrates the dangers of sensory overload in decision making [00:06:50] Why you cannot improve everything at once [00:10:33] The importance of showing gratitude and practicing random acts of kindness [00:12:24] Mindfully moving from one posture to another [00:13:45] Bruce demonstrates the box breathing exercise which can produce calmness [00:19:41] How meditation can help you to distance yourself from a blinding emotion [00:22:20] Becoming the knower of your mind, versus letting your thoughts control you [00:24:21] The power of the Wim Hof breathing technique, and how to slow your heart rate down [00:26:21] Why you should internalize your goals and stop falling for gimmicks [00:30:39] How to recognize your habits and alter them [00:34:39] How yoga helps to connect your thoughts with your body and mind [00:37:38] How to practice habit stacking. Incorporating new habits into your existing habits [00:40:24] How short-term disappointments do not strongly influence long-term happiness [00:43:08] The importance of reflecting on past experiences [00:48:13] Why you should learn how to acknowledge your own failures and weaknesses [00:52:13] How putting yourself out there can change your life [00:54:33] Equipping yourself with the right tips and tools to understand yourself and to be content [00:56:54] Enjoying your growth instead of setting impossible goals [00:59:45] How your behaviors can impact those around you [01:01:18] Why money is security and freedom to do what you want, and rather than a means to accumulate things [01:06:13] Why you should prioritize experiences over possessions [01:10:10] The importance of living beneath your means [01:15:55] The benefits of surrounding yourself with the right people Podcast Details As always, if you enjoyed listening to the Noobie Dentist Podcast, please pass the podcast along to your friends, classmates and colleagues. If you haven’t already, head over to iTunes and give the show a 5-star rating and if you have some time, leave a review! The Noobie Dentist podcast is now available on Spotify, YouTube, noobiedentist.com, the Apple podcast app, Stitcher and any other podcast apps out there! Website: http://www.noobiedentist.com Instagram: @noobiedentist Sponsor Details Ivoclar Vivadent is one of the world's leading and most innovative dental companies, offering a comprehensive range of products and systems that provide you with new opportunities in dentistry – for even more aesthetic and efficient results and better dental care for patients. 'Making People Smile' – It's what they do! To find out more, visit www.ivoclarvivadent.com.au Headline Quote [56:54 - 57:22] And guess what? Start at the bottom. Work your way to the top. You cannot start at the top. Like you said, it is like, “I am going to crush self-care!” Listening to it, then you are like, “What does that even mean? I do not even know.” “I am going to go to the health foods store and buy bottles of stuff! And then if I see somebody with abs on Instagram, I am going to know that is the key!” Do you know what I am saying? And it is not! You should be able to learn how to breathe like, in your own head! Social Media Post Your thoughts and emotions impact those around you, even if you do not realize it! Listen to this episode of the Noobie Dentist podcast to discover helpful tips for practicing self-care and regulating your emotions. Conclusion Were you inspired by Dr. Bruce Freeman’s expansion on the benefits of self-care? What techniques do you use to regulate your emotions? Here are some helpful resources that were mentioned in the podcast: When Will I Be Happy? It’s All Relative by Dr. Bruce Freeman Herbert Simon’s paper which introduced “satisficing” The Wim Hof breathing method Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Yoga and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason Do remember to subscribe for more content!
Time to Make the Donuts: How to Crush Your Side Hustles with Dr. Bruce Freeman
Noobie Dentist Podcast
The Noobie Dentist Podcast – Dr. Bruce Freeman (Part 1) Episode Run Time: 01:12:28 Intro Today, I chat with Dr. Bruce Freeman. Dr. Bruce Freeman is the Director of Patient Experience for dentalcorp, helping dentists across Canada achieve clinical success that results in the best experience for their patients.Bruce is an international lecturer on clinical orthodontics, facial pain, patient experience, and virtual surgical planning. He is the co-director of the Facial Pain Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. He further directs the Wellness Program for dental residents at Mount Sinai Hospital, emphasizing how self-care leads to the best patient care.Bruce is an honors graduate of the University of Toronto. He completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester and returned to the University of Toronto to complete his diploma in orthodontics and his Master of Science degree in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. He is also a certified yoga instructor with additional training in breathing techniques, meditation, and trauma informed movement. He can be reached at email@example.com. In the first part of this two-part series, we talk about crushing your side hustle — why it is important to keep your fingers in more than one pie, to allow pivots and to keep options open. We also discuss why it is important to take chances in life, to get your foot in the door, and to not be afraid to fail. We finish up by talking about impostor syndrome and the Dunning-Kruger effect, and how these can affect clinicians in all stages of their career. Guest Details Website: Freeman, Caro & Lands Orthodontics Social Media: Bruce Freeman - LinkedIn Bruce Freeman - Instagram Time Stamps [00:04:26] What drives Bruce to pursue his side hustles [00:08:37] How to develop and get better at a skill [00:11:23] Bruce’s strategies for pursuing a wide variety of activities whilst still delivering high quality work [00:13:38] The importance of attempting tasks with the appropriate level of difficulty to keep yourself engaged and motivated. How to achieve Flow [00:15:40] How the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance can prevent you from seeing your own weaknesses. [00:17:03] How using the “pomodoro” technique can help you to achieve concentration and productivity [00:19:09] How to overcome a fear of failure [00:21:17] How comparing yourself to others can be crippling [00:24:46] How to deal with impostor syndrome [00:26:09] How to decide when to quit and pivot [00:28:04] The importance of learning to accept rejection or failure without giving up [00:33:00] Boosting your self-confidence and celebrating small wins [00:35:56] Strategies for accepting and regulating your emotions [00:42:59] Why it is important to sometimes go against the grain and to do your own thing, instead of conforming [00:46:15] The importance of having internal accountability, instead of depending on others [00:54:28] Savoring your activities, and not worrying too much about occasional failure [00:56:08] How to approach goal-setting [1:01:08] The Wish-Outcome-Obstacle-Plan (WOOP) approach [1:08:01] The importance of listening to your gut feelings Podcast Details As always, if you enjoyed listening to the Noobie Dentist Podcast, please pass the podcast along to your friends, classmates and colleagues. If you haven’t already, head over to iTunes and give the show a 5-star rating and if you have some time, leave a review! The Noobie Dentist podcast is now available on Spotify, YouTube, noobiedentist.com, the Apple podcast app, Stitcher and any other podcast apps out there! Website: http://www.noobiedentist.com Instagram: @noobiedentist Sponsor Details Ivoclar Vivadent is one of the world's leading and most innovative dental companies, offering a comprehensive range of products and systems that provide you with new opportunities in dentistry – for even more aesthetic and efficient results and better dental care for patients. 'Making People Smile' – It's what they do! To find out more, visit www.ivoclarvivadent.com.au Headline Quote [59:31 - 1:00:02] You know, when you talk about goal-setting, you have got to take a feet[step] back and say, “My goal is to be satisfied with the work I do. My goal is to know my patients are really happy. My goal is to know that even if I only have five hundred listeners, every week I get a hundred emails saying, ‘Wow you spoke to me today!’” What good is it if you have fifty thousand listeners and nobody ever writes you? And says “Your podcast does nothing for me. It is like I put it on the background while I am vacuuming.” Conclusion Were you inspired by Dr. Bruce Freeman’s story? Do you make the time to pursue side hustles, and to keep bettering yourself? Do you sometimes struggle to deal with your emotions and feelings of failure? We would love to hear your thoughts! In addition, here are some helpful resources that were mentioned in the podcast: Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool’s book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise Shawn Achor’s TED Talk, The happy secret to better work The Big Bang Theory episode about impostor syndrome (Season 12, Episode 18) Do remember to subscribe for more content!
Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 014: Creating Better Healthcare, with Dr. Bruce Freeman
Move Daily Health Podcast
Do you know how to identify a healthcare practitioner who truly cares? Do those the members of your healthcare team honour their scope of practice? In today's episode we talk to Dr. Bruce Freeman, an Orthodontist by trade but modern-day philosopher by scope (our words, not his), to discuss the patient-practitioner experience and how to create better healthcare for all.Bruce is an international lecturer on the topics of clinical orthodontics, virtual surgical planning, facial pain disorders, and patient experience. From jaw pain and sleep apnea to social media scams and more, today we remind you to explore the real "Why?" behind your choices and to surround yourself with practitioners who do the same.Show Notes:0:00 – Who is Bruce Freeman?6:25 – Stressed? Clenching/grinding at night is a major issue.9:00 – We discuss finding the right team, and treating patients vs. clients13:20 – The importance of asking the right questions for any professional (sleep apnea anecdote!)14:35 – What does success look like for your healthcare professional? Do they know their scope of practice?16:40 – Bruce’s book recommendation:- What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri18:00 – Bruce’s most important pearl of knowledge: When you’re first meeting a new patient/client in a business situation, the first question should always be…- Bruce outlines how to optimize the patient/client experience.20:35 – “Don’t focus on everybody else’s downward dog, focus on yours”22:15 – Bruce discusses rationale, and gives an example on how to engage clients in the process to improve compliance with new health habits24:05 – Do you know your “Why?”26:05 – We discuss the merits and pitfalls of social media in today’s world30:30 – Freyja’s big beef with social media: Stop hurting people!32:40 - Does your healthcare practitioner know their scope? Have they put in the time to become a true expert? Or are they just posing as an expert on social media?36:20 – Bruce gives another great example of why health practitioners should ask questions instead of forcing beliefs. Context is everything!37:15 – Dain’s big beef with social media: Those who scream the loudest get the largest followings, it has nothing to do with skill or expertise38:15 - The hallmarks to anything related to healthcare & wellness: Access to the care you deserve/expect, respect and communication.41:10 – Commentary on Instagram injuries from the Instagram Institute41:55 – The importance of comfort calls and follow-ups with clients/patients43:00 – Dental hygiene rapid fire questions!- Worst daily habits that negatively impact to dental- Some interesting information re: mouth wash- should you use it?- Is teeth grinding a bigger issue than people think? YES.- Some important info on sleep apnea!- Advice on how to get better sleep, which gives you better teeth and overall health.52:35 – Bruce’s one (or in this case many) non-negotiable self-care tool(s)55:00 – Bruce’s one piece of advice for your health and wellbeing: Give yourself a break… and sleep and floss ;)57:00 – Where you can find BruceAdditional Links:https://www.snorelab.com/Recommended Reading:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/smarter-living/why-find-your-passion-is-such-terrible-advice.htmlMore about Dr. Bruce Freeman:Dr. Bruce Freeman is a native of Toronto. He is an honours graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he was recognized with numerous awards for his clinical and academic achievements. He then completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Freeman then returned to the University of Toronto where he received his Diploma in Orthodontics and taught in the undergraduate dental clinic. Subsequent to this he completed his Master’s of Science degree in the field of temporomandibular disorders and orofaci...
NDP Episode 14: Life outside of dentistry with Dr. Bruce Freeman (Part 1 of 2)
Noobie Dentist Podcast
Welcome to a special 2 part series with Dr. Bruce V Freeman (@drbvf). Dr. Bruce Freeman is a well renowned and respected orthodontist in Toronto who works in private practice and one of the top teaching hospitals in Canada where he focuses on oro-facial pain and TMD! He has become a mentor and someone who I often turn to for advice! Outside of dentistry, Dr. Freeman is an avid chef and likes experimenting with various recipes baking with grass fed butter! This 2 part series is special for me as it marks the first podcasts that I recorded in person with the guest. In part 1 of this 2 part series, we focus on life outside of dentistry talking about various topics including finding a good work life balance, dealing with the ups and downs of being a dentist, burnout and a recurring topic on the noobiedentist podcast; side hustles! As I’ve often mentioned in my podcasts, I’m a big fan of the long form interviews such as the ones done by Tim Ferriss and so this 2 part series is an exciting one for me! I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did recording them with Dr. Freeman! To support the podcast please subscribe and be sure to rate the show! It really helps the NoobieDentist Podcast grow. Like and Follow on Instagram (@noobiedentist), please DM me for any suggestions about the show or if you are interested in coming on as a guest!! Thanks for listening, Omid Azami DDS