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Finding balance

December 8, 2021
balancing rocks

Finding balance in life isn’t about shying away from ever being busy. Busyness is not the antithesis of balance. It is merely a trigger to prompt us to ensure that we allow the pendulum to swing equally in the opposite direction.

Stillness is the natural antidote to busyness. We must allow our bodies and minds to sometimes com to rest in order for our natural state of balance to eventuate.
Finding stillness in our busy lives can feel hard sometimes.

As doctors we are constantly used to being 𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹, 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗼 and basically just 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 much of the time.

𝘚𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵?

  • You make a point of scheduling at least 5 minutes each day to remove yourself from your clinical environment. Whether it is a short walk outside, a guided meditation while sitting in the car before you enter work or making sure that you spend some time allowing yourself to sit in peace and eat your lunch.
  • I know it is tempting to say “I can’t do that”… but we do all know that rarely is there a time when you can’t set aside 5 minutes, and even if there is such an emergency that you can’t do it right then- you will be able to after that emergency had passed.
  • You do have to intentionally make that a priority for yourself though- no one will do it for you.
  • Make sure you have scheduled in leave/holidays. Sometimes we actually need to remove ourselves from the environment totally in order to really switch off from it. Periodic time off is important, protect it at all costs.
  • Meditation and mindfulness are such beautiful tools to learn how to find micro-moments of stillness in your day.

Want to learn how to practice these amazing skills? Then join us on one of our retreats!