When we are stressed, we show our patients our worst selves. We rush, interrupt often and tend not to honor the dignity of each patient. A great stress buster for me is something I learned from a colleague, Michael Baime, MD, who teaches mindfulness or the virtue of living in the moment. When I am feeling tense or inordinately stressed, I try to stop … breathe … and be. That is, I take a little break and focus on my breathing. Just a few mindful breaths will brings me closer to the present – where there is no anxiety or guilt. With practice, mindfulness gets easier to attain and will allow you to give what your patients need – you.