Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 6 July 2021
If you are a long time reader of my blog, or a long term patient, or both, you probably already know that I have taken the month of August off three summers in a row. Last summer however was different.
A pandemic. Forced time off in the spring. Restriction to travel. The mental block I have around needing to “deserve” my time off.
All of these factors lead to the decision of shortening my usual four week block to only two.
This year, it should have been an easy decision to go back to my regular month off. In fact, it shouldn’t have even been a decision at all. But it was. I still had a hard time committing to take a full month off.
The good excuses started to come up in my mind. What if there is another lockdown? Travel is going to be restricted anyway. I can always take more holidays later.
I needed to remind myself that not only is it a priority for my mental and physical health, it allows me to be a better doctor.
I needed to remind myself of the 5 reasons why I took an extended vacation in the first place. And that they still apply today. Here’s a review of those reasons:
Too often our self-worth is linked to “being productive”. And we start to see holidays as a reward instead of a necessity.
The truth is, if you build your self-worth on what you have accomplished instead of BEcoming the person you were truly meant to be, you will always feel like there is something missing.
So I’m continuing to navigate this mental block and choosing BEing over DOing.
I’m happy to announce I will be beginning my vacation on Friday August 6th at 2pm and will be returning to the office on Tuesday September 7th at 9am. Here are some housekeeping tips to keep in mind during my absence:
The office will also be closed for ALL office staff from Monday August 30th – Friday September 3rd. The office will re-open on Tuesday September 7th at 9am.
Now I would love to hear from you! Which of my reasons for taking an extended vacation resonated with you the most? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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10 Replies to “Navigating the mental block I have around holidays”
Yay you!! Have a wonderful vacation.
We feel so guilty taking time off and just doing nothing. How will we ever cope with retirement. I applaud you for recognizing the importance of this time off.
I guess this practice for retirement 🙂 Thanks Judy!
I can remember you and Maya working hard before classes even started in highschool. You have always had a strong work ethic! Enjoy your time off .
Lol! It was probably Calculus. Thanks Melissa!
Have a nice break!
Have a terrific holiday Michelle, you deserve it. Can you please post again the Dijon mustard, olive oil and apple cider vinegar salad dressing recipe.? Thank you.
Thanks Jane! Here is the link for the salad dressing recipe: https://quintenc.ca/my-favourite-summer-salad-dressing/