Ever since I started into practice Kristina has always told me that I need to take a day off every once in a while for my own personal sanity. I always scoffed at her saying that if she is at work; I might as well be putting in the hours as well.
This past Friday, I did the unthinkable. I actually listened to her. I woke up not feeling 100%, don’t worry, no fever, no sore throat, no cough, just not feeling “it.” I have had numerous stress points with the business and in life the past couple of weeks and I have just been feeling drained. Haven’t been sleeping well and anxiety has started to creep into my mind.
I decided to only work a half a day this past Friday and use the afternoon to catch up with some R&R. This is literally the first time that I have been in practice that I took a day/afternoon off without having something planned. When I normally take a day off it is for another commitment, family travel, golf tournament or chiropractic obligation. Always something to do but never relaxing as it should be.
The past couple of months have been a little “batty,” literally, I just had one in my Kearney office. Dealing with running a business during the COVID-19, we are looking at buildings in Kearney, as we feel that we have outgrown the space and the day-to-day stress of having a two year old and a pregnant wife.
The stress and anxiety of life was starting to catch up with me. Sleep has always been a little bit of an issue for me; I don’t know how to turn my mind off. Whether it’s an inkling of not feeling well, your mind goes straight to “do I have COVID,” to making decisions to spend a lot of money for years to come on a newer vehicle or a building that I can work in for years to come. P.S. the building fell through.
So when the phone was ringing for Friday afternoon appointments, I felt terrible but it ultimately it came down to taking care of myself and getting out of the office for a little bit. The old saying, that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will never be able to take care of your patients.
I never thought I had trouble dealing with stress, but as the years go it appears that the stress of owning my own practice has a different toll on me personally. I need to learn how to cope with this on a day-to-day level but it will be an ever evolving process for me.
With all of this being said, I felt much better over the weekend with the amount of sleep that I was able to get and as of today feel about as normal as I ever do. So if you ever see that I am taking a random Friday or Monday off, it may just be for a day of rest and relaxation, but conventions and family obligations also fall into the calendar as well.
I appreciate everyone’s patience last Friday and look forward to getting back to the grind this week and for the weeks to come.
From chiropractic care, to acupuncture and DOT Physicals we look forward to seeing everyone soon, stay healthy and get plenty of rest in these weird times.