By Sharon Gorman, D.C.
This time of year I always have to force myself to slow down a bit and smell the roses. I remember when I first started in practice I went over 3 years without taking a day off. I thought it was the way to go since I cared so much about my patients and my practice. I hired a consultant around that time and she told me that I needed to take a vacation. I asked her how she knew and she said she knew because I hadn’t taken one yet. She told me she thought that if I would take a vacation that my practice would grow after I came back. She said the magic words. If it would make my practice grow then I would do it. It worked. My practice grew.
I have learned that if I am in it for the long run then I am going to have to take care of myself and be gentle with myself. If I profess to be a healer of sorts then I need to be healed. I need to have something to give if I am going to give. I can’t give something that I don’t have.
It reminds me of that old cliche: I work hard and I play hard. I give 100% to my practice when I am in my practice so I don’t have to feel guilty about having a life outside of the practice. I give, I receive. I allow the Universe to give to me. I allow myself to refresh. I allow myself time to be, just be without anyone depending on me or expecting things from me.
Sometimes I have to give myself a little opportunity to miss my practice. I need to look forward to returning and to being refreshed. I need to lighten my load and be ready and willing to serve. I need to unscramble my brain and return unscrambled. I can’t function to my best if I feel like I am a martyr by not taking care of myself. I can’t allow myself to become a victim of my circumstance. I need to choose to take a vacation before innate chooses one for me by making me sick. I need to be responsible for my condition.
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