Updated: May 8, 2020
A new year is an optimal time for transition: a fresh start, a do-over for the things we didn't do last year, habit changes, the time for change... January is actually the busiest time for gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers... which slowly declines as February approaches. We all have it in us, that desire to better ourselves. New year, new you. But putting action into desire is the tricky part. I once was determined to improve my self-discipline skills, so I bought a small, un-intimidating book titled, "10 days to Self-Discipline." Apparently you need self-discipline in order to read about self-discipline!! The book hasn't been cracked open further than day 1. It takes more than motivation and inspiration to change our bad habits. Typically, it takes a rude awakening of some sort or a drastic life change with positive reinforcement towards healthier habits.
My New Year's resolution was to work harder towards my business while rejuvenating the passion in the medicine I've dedicated my life work to. Ironically, finishing my doctorate made me shy away from my readings that once excited me. My focus switched to Evidence Informed Practice and assignments that forced me to research and read literature about clinical trials I may or may not have been personally interested in. I longed for the days that I would no longer have to follow someone else's syllabus and could dive back into what inspires me. "Nerding out," is what I referred to as my self-assigned homework readings. I graduated with my doctorate in December 2017 and was looking forward to the New Year where I could read and study and research whatever I wanted to while striving towards improving myself, my patients, and my business.
Needless to say, January flew by without me opening a single book. Suddenly, I felt myself rebelling against productivity. However, one morning, about 10 days ago, I woke up and realized I needed to reevaluate my situation. I developed a schedule that was challenging, but realistic, and looked within myself with the question, "will this efficiently direct me towards the person and practitioner I want to be?" It was as if the wise voice inside me took her opportunity and thundered out, "YES!! PLEASE!!"
So here I am... taking a break from "nerding out" (in this case referring to reading my Anatomy and Physiology textbook about the respiratory system) in order to write my blog.
My schedule consists of daily yoga or exercise of some sort, educational reading, marketing, accounting, researching, and personal relaxation and enjoyment. The guilty pleasures are just as important as the productivity, it's the balance that counts! And, despite the exhaustion due to physical and mental changes, I'm feeling good. Grounded. Knowledgable. And most important: passionate again. I love my career and my life, yet sometimes the fog can roll in and we forget how to feel the positive emotions towards what's really good for us. In order to find focus and clarity, I first needed to sit myself down and really figure out what I needed in order to truly be happy. I've got to be my own patient at times in order to reignite the excitement towards my real patient's cases; because that's truly why I got into this field, the reward of helping someone else reach their goal in health and well-being.
My point of this blog is that transitional times are rough. They come with challenges and reprograming of the mind and body. I feel fortunate to have the tools and knowledge to help myself and others through difficult transitioning. Sometimes our bodies just need a little friendly push in the right direction. Contact me if you'd like a friendly push and a reasonable treatment plan to help through the New Year blues.
Thank you for reading.
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