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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Release the Physical Tension of Stress

When you experience stress, you may not realize how it affects you physically and emotionally. Body scan meditation can help you release physical tension—even the tension you don’t realize you’re experiencing—and reconnect you with your body. Mentally scanning yourself allows you to bring awareness to each part of your body, notice any aches, pains, tension, or discomfort, and identify the pain and learn from it so you can manage it.

As National Stress Awareness Month continues, the ACS Surgeon Well-Being team encourages you to practice a body scan using the audio provided by Carter Lebares, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lebares has developed audio mindfulness-based interventions for surgeons called Enhanced Stress Resilience Training (ESRT) through the UCSF Center for Mindfulness in Surgery.

Listen to the 3-minute version and 6-minute version below.