Do the holidays bring out the "B" word?
Or perhaps we have just moved on to beyond-busy where sleep and sanity are optional?
Is the start summer holiday season feeling like a hot mess with stress?
Holiday long weekends, barbecues, and family reunions bring a mixture of joy, food, sometimes added drama, trauma and stress.
With children out of school work and home can become a bigger juggling act. Do the lines at the theme parks, movie theaters, and restaurants seem a little longer, hotter, and unmanageable?
Mindfulness can shift you to a success model as an entrepreneur.
For almost a decade, my contemplation, meditation and yoga practices were a separate identity than the practicing neurologist role I played. They would often get pushed aside when I was "too busy" being a doctor. When career-burnout took its toll on my mental and physical health, I would hide in my office practicing pranayama (yogic breathing techniques). While it calmed me down for the moment, it wasn't long before the calm transformed to chaos again.
Are you juggling multiple roles in the workplace too?
In 2013, I left my role as a traditional medical doctor working in a hospital, studied Integrative Medicine, and launched my own business. While I held on to my mindfulness practices, they still seemed to be a separate part of my day than being a physician entrepreneur. I now spend my weeks juggling my roles of physician healer, professional speaker, and media expert analyst. During down time I am managing my business, writing, and trying to be mindful of creating personal time. Sound familiar?
Twice in the twelve months, I have scheduled time off only to arrive at a hotel with looming deadlines, unanswered emails from clients, and speeches to prepare. It seemed like a much-needed scheduled break was getting in the way of the never-ending to-do lists in my brain. Looking at my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, I see that I am not alone.
Time for Spring Break?
It’s that time of the year in the when families are celebrating Spring Break with their children out of school. Whether it’s time for scheduled vacation or finding care for kids while you still work, stress levels can escalate leaving us all feeling less than our best selves.
Even the best-laid plans or intentions can lead us to a point of high stress, anxiety or a feeling like you are in a brain fog. When we schedule vacations, we cannot anticipate positive or negative events such as landing your “next big client” or losing an employee on your team.
Then we feel guilty about not having adequate organizational systems in place in our business or home lives. Being chained to work email during a vacation only fuels resentment instead of relaxation. Sound familiar?
This week, let our mindful mantra be: “Digital Detox: Disconnect to Reconnect.”
Do you find yourself checking your smartphone at least once an hour for Facebook newsfeed updates or your emails? Are you falling asleep on the sofa at night with the television on and your iPad as a pillow?
The New Year felt peaceful when I disconnected from electronic devices for 48 hours for quiet meditation. One of my new year’s resolutions was to spend more time connecting within and less time tweeting, emailing and texting. Don’t those New Year’s resolutions seem so far away?
We got a reminder to “unplug” in March when Sabbath Manifesto started a movement called “National Day of Unplugging.” It got the attention of national media, thousands of people pledged to join, and yet here we are.
Believe me I am not against our digital devices, social media, or getting work done. As a physician promoting health and wellness, I am more concerned about the complaints I hear from clients daily.
“I have no time to work out.”
“I wish I had 20 minutes in the morning to try meditation.”Read More