I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building your profitable practice, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough rest. For some, this might mean forced rest. We could all use a little more rest. The problem is our crazy, busy, always on-the-go lives don’t go out of their way to dole out free time. If you wait for fate or your fairy godmother to sprinkle a little spare time into your routine, it will not happen.
That means you have to schedule downtime.
In some cases, you might feel you’re forcing yourself to rest. That’s fine. We all need to calm our minds and bodies and let them heal and repair. This happens when we sleep, but we also need a little time to take mini breaks throughout our day.
You simply can’t go a hundred miles an hour all day long without stopping. The people who do, end up stressed out and frustrated. Productivity drops, and you create more problems than successes in your life.
If you think you can’t let up because you have too much to do, get out of that mindset. If you start forcing yourself to rest and enjoy some downtime, you’ll find that you actually get more done, even though you might be working less.
Don’t Be the Hare
The story of the tortoise and the hare drives home this point very well. The hare was making fun of the tortoise. He called him slow. The tortoise took offense to this. He said to the hare, “I may be slow, but I can beat you in a race.”
The hare thought this was the funniest thing he had ever heard. The two of them decided on a distance, and the race began.
As you can imagine, the speedy hare shot out to a massive lead. He ran as hard and as fast as he could for as long as he could. He eventually couldn’t even see the tortoise behind him. He had built up such an incredible lead.
What did the tortoise do? He was slow and methodical. He even rested every now and then. Then he started up once again. He eventually came across a sight that made him smile. The hare was sleeping on the side of the path.
The hare had been going so hard without resting, that his body gave out. He was exhausted, mentally and physically. He laid down to rest, which is when the hare passed him and won the race.
Be more like the tortoise and less like the hare.
Take it easy every now and then. Sure, there will be times when you need to work hard and fast. Those should be sprints and not marathons. After a lot of mental or physical work, take a break. Enjoy a nap.
Sometimes you must force rest. You have to cram it into your schedule even if it looks like you don’t have time for it. Make sure you do this. Schedule break time in your daily routine, or you might find that you’re the one who gets broken.
Sometimes you have to challenge your inner critic in order to get more rest. Check out our blog post here for tips on challenging your inner voice.
I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.
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