Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fewer Posts will be Made During Christmas Break

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Every year I try to take a bit of a break between Christmas & New Year’s Day.  We all know that our lives are fast paced with little free time and often we just don’t get the opportunity to look out the window and enjoy the landscape as the bullet train of life whizzes down the rails.  A few years back, I noticed how easy it is to get distracted by all the little things that life throws at us and consequently how easy it is to allow those distractions to take over and keep us from enjoying our lives.
 
Because of that realization, I decided to make a concerted effort to deliberately build into my life some time to “get all the knots out of my rope” as the cowboys used to say.  One of the biggest changes I made was to take time off during the holiday season.  From Christmas Eve to January 2nd I try and dial it back a bit.  I close my practice and spend more time in my home with friends, relatives, and other people I love.  
 
One of the biggest discoveries I’ve made in the past few years is the importance of sleep in our lives.  That is the reason that I have become more and more involved in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other sleep problems in my practice.  The other thing I’ve learned about how our bodies deal with stress is the importance of relaxation and downtime.  Just as your body requires rest to rebuild after a workout, your mind body require rest to recover from the intensity of serious mental activity.  Armed with that knowledge, I now realize that my previous philosophy of “i’ll sleep/rest when I’m dead” was a truly bad plan.  Now that I know better, I am trying to take much better care of myself.  
 
So, over this Christmas break I will be posting less and resting more.  That way when 2019 starts, I’ll be rested and ready to attack the new year with a strong mind and a strong body.
 
I’ll make a few posts over the break, but not on the Monday through Thursday schedule like normal.
 
I’d advise all of you to relax and rest as well.  As Ferris Buehler so aptly stated, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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