If you are a long time reader of my blog, or a long term patient, or both, you already know that I took a month off last summer.
It ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Not only was it a priority for my mental and physical health, it allowed me to be a better doctor.
That is why I have decided to do it again this year.
We all need to start making decisions that come from a place of self-love instead of fear if we truly want to be healthy and balanced.
So here are 5 reasons I am taking an extended vacation and why you should consider it too. You don’t have to jump into the deep end like me, but your vacation should be longer than what people expect and longer than what is comfortable for you, in order for it to be effective.
- It’a priority for my long term health – I know that helping more people reach their version of healthy isn’t going to make me healthy unless I walk the talk in all areas, not just the ones I’m good at. I want all patients, including myself, to avoid getting sucked into the culture of cortisol. So, instead of giving myself a raise, I’m giving myself more time off.
- Parkinson’s law – Originally, Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. For me, even though I love my job, I don’t want work to become the most satisfying thing in my life. I need to make space and time for the “fun stuff” or before I know it another year will have gone by.
- We all need a “deloading” phase in life – Taken from the world of exercise physiology it’s a concept that can be applied to other areas of life. In the sports world it’s a back-off week, or a planned reduction in exercise volume or intensity. The whole point of this week is to prepare the body for the increased demand of the next phase or period of training and more importantly mitigate the risk of overtraining. For me this means avoiding burn-out!
- It’s OK to say no sometimes – I have a quote that many patients have seen on the filing cabinet in my office that reads, “You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.” Up until last year I planned my vacation around other people, other events, less busy times of year, etc. Instead of having my own agenda it was determined by default dependent on everyone else’s agenda. I realized that this was rooted in the limiting belief that saying no was somehow a bad thing. I’m slowly learning to say no when it conflicts with my priorities.
- The most important thing is usually the most uncomfortable – Being away from my office for a month was kinda scary, not just uncomfortable. My mind immediately started to go to the worst-case scenario when it was first suggested to me. Now that I have a trial run under my belt and a disaster did not occur when I was away, it’s less uncomfortable. I keep reminding myself of the quote from Neale Donald Walsch – “Life begins just outside your comfort zone.”
So you are all officially on notice. I will be beginning my vacation on Friday August 3rd at 2pm and will be returning to the office on Tuesday September 4th at 9am. Here are some housekeeping tips to keep in mind during my absence:
- The entire office will also have holiday hours. We will be closed from Friday August 3rd at 2pm until Monday August 13th at 10 am. On these dates no appointments will be scheduled and no supplement pick-up will be available.
- If you need an emergency appointment, Dr. Daralyn Bates, Dr. Tasha Mumby, and Dr. Pat Nardini will be at the office in my absence. Please schedule an appointment with Tracey or Jenn, our wonderful receptionists.
- You will still be able to pick-up supplements during my absence at the office except from Friday August 3rd at 2pm until Monday August 13th at 10 am. Please make sure you check your supplements to see if you are getting low before you run out 🙂
- If needed, you can order some supplements online using the following link: Fullscript. You may need to make an account first before ordering if you have not already ordered through us online.
- If you are already an patient at QNC you can change appointments online using our online booking system Jane App. Please use this link: JaneApp.
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!
8 Replies to “Why I’m taking a month off…again this year”
Michelle, what a beautiful gift you are giving to yourself again this year. You are modelling what it looks like to make yourself a priority and in doing so providing inspiration to those your life touches. The longest time I have taken off is 3 weeks and that was to travel to South Africa. It was so scary for me at the time then once I did it, I went back again and plan to take at least 3 weeks off each year. So important for us body and soul. Have an awesome break from all you do!
Michelle, hope you have a holiday that fills you up spiritually and physically. See you on your return.
Thank-you so much Brenda! I really feel like people need to see that what they thought might be impossible actually isn’t.
Have a wonderful month off. See you in September
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Keep your priorities in focus and make no apologies for living them.