No, it’s not the prevention of the omphalo virus. Omphaloskepsis is the contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation. And while it’s a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, the larger point is that wellness professionals don’t spend enough time in quiet reflection.
Why does it matter? Because to be the best version of your professional and personal self, there’s almost nothing more beneficial than purposeful reflection and introspection. Several studies suggest everything from enhanced productivity to reduced stress and improved job satisfaction. And while we all understand the benefits of meditation — a close cousin to reflection — we often put ourselves last in line for the same services we recommend to others.
Brad Biskup, PA-C, a lipid specialist and ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist®, runs the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut. He worked in osteoporosis and exercise research as well as cardiac rehab before becoming a physician assistant in cardiology. Brad is active nationally as Physician Assistant Working Group co-chair through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
At HES, whenever we hear something like the employees loved… we hold our breath, because it’s often followed by the latest flavor-of-the-month wellness activity. While we’re big believers in delighting employees with whatever wellness benefit you’re promoting, if it’s not tied to an overall objective or the program’s mission, it’s probably neutral at best and harmful to health enhancement efforts at worst.