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To know me, is to know the 'worker-bee'. My plate is usually quite full with the responsibilities of my career, a full-time Ob/Gyn physician, the ‘part-time’ role I play in assisting in the administrative duties of our practice, a Women’s health blogger, and Mommy, wife, sister, daughter and friend.
I’ve always enjoyed my work, never complaining about the dedicated additional time and energy it takes to build a high quality business that serves its public well. Though finding a healthy balance between my work life and personal/home life has been one of my perpetual challenges. (My Mom says I got the ‘work-a-holic’ gene from my Dad…She says she’s had “no problem” with knowing how to relax!)
My goal this holiday season was to start my holiday tasks earlier than usual, and to take a little extra time off, in order to enjoy the season with my family and friends. I have to say, for one of the first times in a long time, I actually did just that...Truly Enjoyed the Season!
Here in the Midwest, the holiday season leads into blustery winters, not the most pleasant season to deal with. But one thing a blustery winter day does do is force us to 'slow down'. These snowy days, forcing a snail's pace, give me time to reflect on my own priorities. A little extra rest and time at home, remind me of my continued need to balance not only work, but all the other priorities in my life.
The challenges of balancing the demands of work and home life (as well as home and personal life) can be a struggle for many women. Striking some balance is not only likely to make us more effective in all of our roles, but also more likely to lead to improved mental and physical health.
This compulsive ‘worker-bee’ has to remind herself of that!
Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic in how to improve your work-life balance in 2014:
Suzanne Hall, MD (@drsuzyyhall)
Eastside Gynecology Obstetrics, PC
Offices located in Roseville, Macomb, Grosse Pointe, and Rochester MI