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.
Is your life in balance?
At first glance, you might think things are going pretty well. After all, if you’re still making it to work regularly, remember to pick up the groceries and chat with your friends occasionally; you’re probably okay, right?
Not necessarily. When things fall out of balance, it usually doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it’s more of a gradual progression. A few late nights in a row quickly become a new baseline for when you go to bed. Bringing a little bit of work home to finish after dinner doesn’t feel like it’s really breaking all that much into family time. And, of course, a new project will first take a little more attention. That’s normal…right?
None of these things is necessarily a bad thing initially. Over time though, small actions can start to erode the balance you’ve worked so hard to attain. How can you tell when it’s time to rebalance your life again?
Your Health is Suffering
Usually, when life is out of balance, self-care is one of the first things to be sacrificed in favor of other things. Obviously, exercising takes up valuable time, which could be used on other things, and eating right is hard to do when you’re looking for something fast to eat on your way out the door. Unfortunately, this harms your health over time. Weight gain, digestive issues, and even the ability to fight a simple cold are all outcomes of neglecting your health.
You’re Feeling Stressed
The feeling that there is ‘too much to do’ will make you jittery and on edge very quickly, especially if you have deadlines or are stretched thin on resources. You might not realize how much stress can impact your health as well, being connected to heart disease, chronic pain, and many other conditions.
You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Socialized
How often do you talk to your friends? Better yet, when did you physically spend time with them last? Maintaining relationships is hard when you’re caught up with work or projects.
You Feel Tired
Not getting enough sleep? Insomnia is a frequent problem with people who are out of balance. Minds that race, going over every little thing left undone makes rest nearly impossible. So does trying to think your way through tomorrow’s impossible schedule.
Honestly, though, even without these signs, trust yourself to know when it’s time to rebalance your life. If you’re feeling out of balance, you probably are. Sit with yourself and think about how you feel about your life. What areas feel like they’re not getting enough attention? Whatever you answer, these are things to help you rebalance. It’s just this simple.
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