I know a lot of you are also struggling with finding balance in your lives because I hear how stressed you are caring for children and elderly parents, working a demanding job and somehow also trying to find time to eat healthfully, exercise, and spend time with your significant other. It sometimes feels like there are not enough hours in the day!
Two books I have been reading lately have given me hope that finding balance is actually possible. Bria Simpson’s “The Balanced Mom” and Joan Borysenko’s “Inner Peace for the Busy Woman” have shown me that one of the most important things I can do is attend to my own needs… without guilt.
If I am rested, eating well and taking time to relax and exercise, I will be a better mother and physician. In addition, they have taught me not to be too hard on myself. A lot of the stress we feel comes as a result of unrealistic demands that we place on ourselves. Sometimes it’s okay not to be perfect, just good enough. Sure it would have been nice to bake cupcakes from scratch for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party, but I was busy and I don’t think the kids noticed that they came from a mix!
I am also learning how to ask for help more and I am building up a support system of friends and family. This one is tough because we all like to think that we can handle things on our own!
If you are struggling with finding balance in your own life and are feeling the effects of negative stress, consider seeing one of our mind body specialists, Camille Grosso or Dawn Perez and our Certified Wellness Coach Sarah Sutton for help.
Make it a priority this Spring to learn to live joyfully and to the fullest. My family and I will be right there with you!
-Posted by Hannah Phillips, MD