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Hello everyone, and welcome to Empowering Women in Chiropractic. I’m this week’s host Dr. Cathy Wendland, and I’m so excited to talk to you this week about why, when, and how to sharpen your ax.
Let’s jump right in because we’re going to get fast and furious because it’s that time of the year. You know what time it is? It’s back to school time which means it’s back to routine, it’s back to schedule, it’s back to craziness, chaos, hectic lifestyles and you know what? It’s back to the busy season for women, for moms, for anyone with kids, anyone with families or anyone who helps take care of families.
Let’s dive right in because if you are like half of the Southern portion of the United States and your kids are already back in school, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s crazy season. It’s schedules, it’s clubs, it’s meetings, it’s homework, it’s running the kids back and forth and getting yourself to and from your office and making sure everything gets done.
If you’re the Northern half of the country, well, you’ve got one or two more weeks of reprieve before you have to jump in. Once we get back into this crazy, chaotic scheduled routine, what tends to happen for most of the women that I work with is that they get put on the back burner, but the reality is the saying that I’ve said to so many of you so many times, you have to put your own oxygen mask on first.
When you are the caregiver for your patients, when you are the leader for your community, when you are the team leader for your staff and when you are the boss of your household you sometimes forget that you have to take care of you.
That means putting time into your schedule to make yourself a priority. I mean, after all, how are you supposed to effectively serve everyone else if you yourself are depleted?
You can’t continue to give and love and serve and give and love and serve and give and love and serve if you don’t take the time to replenish yourself. This week, I really want to talk about when, why and how you need to do this.
Why do you need to do this? First and foremost, listen, it takes a lot out of you to continually give to others, to continually serve to others, to continually love your patients in your community, in our profession.
If you’re not replenishing yourself, eventually, you’re going to get depleted and depleted is going to show up in your life in several different ways. You might show up moody or cranky. You might show up tired or anxious. You might show up frustrated, you might feel burned out.
You might get to the point where you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and your practice isn’t growing or your staff isn’t getting it or your patients aren’t listening or your education methods are not falling on ripe ears.
You might get to a point where you feel like all of this is just for nothing because you’re not making progress. That’s when you know that you are depleted because the reality is what? Chiropractic works. Chiropractic works every time.
It might not always give us the results that we think we should get, but it works every time, but if you’re getting to the point where you’re giving, loving and serving and you’re exhausted, you might have a tendency to miss those small miracles.
You might have a tendency to not celebrate the big deals that go on in your practice. You might not even acknowledge when things are happening in your office that could signal big time changes. Like when your patients are asking, “When is my next re-exam?”
That’s the signal that you need to be paying attention to because that’s a signal that the patient is ready to move out of the office or you might miss when patients are missing appointments because you just think the staff’s not doing their job or the patients aren’t sticking to schedules when reality, you might be burned out, tired, exhausted, frustrated from giving, loving and serving and not replenishing yourself enough that you’re really focused on giving to that patient when they’re in your office and serving just that one person who is under your hands and loving your patients with all your heart for the sake of loving them into a healthier choice and a better lifestyle.
When you start to feel like you’re frustrated, you’re tired, you’re exhausted, your practice isn’t going to the direction that want you want it to or your staff’s not listening or your patients aren’t following through with your care plans.
Stop and take a break, reevaluate and look at yourself. Have you been doing the same thing that you’ve been recommending for your patients? Are you getting adjusted on a regular basis? Are you giving yourself all the tools that you need to be healthy?
I know I like to talk about the five aspects of health and I call them the dream lifestyle. Diet, rest, exercise, attitude and mental impulse. Are you eating proper foods? Are you getting enough rest? Are you exercising on a daily basis? Do you have a positive mental attitude and is your mental impulse free from interference so that your brain can communicate with the body and your body can communicate with the brain?
If you are not doing those five aspects of health, but yet you’re expecting your patients to do it, you’re going to end up burned out. You need to stop. You need to sharpen your axe and you need to take time to replenish yourself.
That’s why when is very simple. It has to be an ongoing process. You need to build it into your schedule to sharpen your axe on an ongoing basis and you might do different things.
For example, you might decide to get up in the morning and do an hour of power or that might not work for you. You might want to do it after the kids go to bed at night or you may decide that first thing in the morning before you do anything else, you’re going to do 20 minutes of cardio just to get your metabolism going to clear out the cobwebs, to get your body functioning, get your heart rate up, get your body temperature up, really get yourself moving before you dig into a long day.
Or maybe you decide to build in quality time for adequate and restful sleep so that you’re making sure you are fully recharged so that you can go and serve. You might also incorporate things such as going to get your nails done or going to get your hair done or maybe going to get a massage.
Whatever it is that makes you feel human again, you need to build that into your routine. I know for me yesterday, I was on the phone with someone while I was sitting in the nail salon because I got to a point where I didn’t feel human anymore.
Your nails are cracked and they’re chipping and they’re getting messed up from dealing with patients and working the drops on the table and doing your flexion and all the day to day life stuff that happened and every now and then, you just got to sit down and let someone pamper you, let someone take care of you so that you are more effective to go back out there and take care of everything and everyone because I know as busy business women, we usually don’t just go to work and come home.
We still do the grocery shopping and we still do the cooking and we still take care of the homeschool or the homework with our kids and we still take care of the bills and the finances and talking to insurance companies or training the staff or working with the attorneys or whatever it is that you’re doing with your marketing or your community involvement.
You have so many things that you’re involved in doing that as my patients always say to me, “Doc, you work all the time. Doc, you work 24 hours a day. Do you ever take a break?”
You have to schedule it in. Whatever feels right for you, whatever recharges you. If it’s going on a hiking trip once a month or going to the beach once a quarter or going to the gym every day, whatever makes you feel full and ready and prepared and like you are living your best life.
You don’t want to feel like you’re missing out on things. When do you need to sharpen the axe? Every chance that you get and why do I call it sharpening the axe? Because it’s like chopping wood, chopping wood, chopping wood, and eventually, your axe starts to get dull so now you have to use a lot more force to chop, but that makes you tired.
Now you’re going slower and you’re less effective and the axe is dull and each blow is less precise and each blow is less effective and now you’re not chopping wood as effectively and efficiently and as productively as you had been in the past, but you know what happens to most people?
They’re like, “My practice is slowing down and patients aren’t coming in and the money’s not coming in so I just have to work harder and somehow I’m going to fix it.” You go into panic mode and you crash your practice when what you really need to do is stop, sit down, sharpen that axe, grind it to a nice, beautiful sharp point, get the rest that you need so when you go back, your blows are more precise, they’re much more effective, you have more energy, you’re hitting truer and you’re delivering and producing in a greater capacity.
Take that into your life and make sure that you’re building in time to sharpen your axe because if you don’t, you start spinning your wheels. You start getting frustrated, you’ll start feeling burnt out, you’ll start feeling like your practice isn’t going in the direction that you want.
Your personal life is spiraling out of control. Your kids aren’t listening and your staff can’t be trained and your patients don’t get it, and you get to that chaos where you think you need to work harder and work faster and do more and actually you just burn yourself out more. Those are the times when you need to stop, step back, disconnect and reconnect to yourself.
Reconnect to you, reconnect to your values, reconnect to what it is that you set out to do in the first place. Why you do what you do in the first place, who you desire to serve, and how that’s supposed to enable you to have the life of your dreams because we didn’t go to school to just work every single day.
We went to school to change lives. We went to school to create the life of our dreams. You went to school for all those years so that you can live a better life than you were living before.
Not a busier life, not a worse life, not a crazier life, not a more hectic life. I know all that comes with the territory, but so that you could make a better life for yourself and your family.
Why not do that? Here’s my top recommendations that you need to make sure are built into your routine. Now, you’re going to decide if you need to do this once a quarter, once a month, once a week, once a day, depending on how it fits for you, but I think you need to go away on a vacation on a regular basis and if you are not a planner, which I’m not, I love to fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to a lot of things and just jump on a plane whenever, but if the whenever is not happening, you need to plan it.
You might not want to plan the trip, but you need to plan the time. Look at the calendar and say, “This weekend, I’m going to close my office on Thursday night and I’m not coming back until Tuesday night.”
Give yourself a long weekend. You could be in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, jump on a plane, come back the next week, work Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
You get a week out of town. You need to schedule that in at least once a quarter. Now, what else do you need to schedule? You need to schedule just a little weekend excursion and it might be a stay home vacation. A staycation or it might be something where you go to another town, a couple of hours away, an hour away, a little drive, something that takes you out of your element out of the four walls of your practice and allows you to reconnect with yourself with nature with your family, with your friends, whoever it is that recharges you.
I think you also need to build in time for your fitness routine because I think we need to stay strong, we need to stay fit, we need to be an example of health. I’m not talking to Barbie doll, I’m talking health.
We need to be an example of health. It doesn’t matter what you look like, it matters how your body feels inside and how it functions. You need to schedule in time for your own personal fitness. When you’re thinking about fitness, I want you to think about nutrition because make sure that you’re stocking your office refrigerator and your office kitchen with good, healthy snacks, not junk food, not potato chips, not pretzels, not garbage, but stock your refrigerator with good, healthy snacks.
I have the little baby oranges. I keep bags of those in the fridge for all the kids when they get adjusted, they go get an orange and it’s setting the tone for healthy habits, right?
Then you need to make sure that you’re getting adequate and restful sleep. If you’re working all hours of the night, I know, I’ve been there, I’ve done that for years. You’ve got to make time to shut it down, shut down the laptop, shut down the phone, shut down social media and just decompress and get some rest.
Then you have to keep that attitude positive. The world will try to beat you down. Trust me. There’s negativity all around you. It’s right outside your office door. Look at the street in front of you, negativity is driving by every day, every car, people listening to the news, people complaining on the phone with someone else, people taking prescription medication to not be able to feel things.
There’s negativity all around you. You need to be that positive person, that light that shines brightly in a sea of darkness. Then you need to make sure that you are getting adjusted on a regular basis. Whatever care plan you would set for your patients, you should be doing the same thing even if that means driving to somebody else’s office on their schedule and getting adjusted during their patient hours, but you need to make sure that you are walking the walk and talking the talk.
If you haven’t built all of those positive things into your life, I suggest that you put those on your calendar now and finish out the last quarter of the year with all of these positive habits.
Make sure September, October, November, December, you’ve got these habits written down on your schedule, your travel, your fitness, your nutrition, your positive mental attitude, getting adjusted, making sure that you’re incorporating all of that so that you can turn around to your patients and say with conviction, with authority and with congruence.
I do these things to stay healthy and I want you to do them as well. Listen, sharpening your axe is not taking away from your practice. It’s not taking away from your family. It’s not taking away from your business.
It is actually a way of investing in yourself, investing time in yourself so that you can be at the best level possible so that you can go out there and serve your patients, serve your team and serve your community at the highest capacity so that you truly can impact your community, change lives and help us collectively make this world a better place through chiropractic.
Ladies, I want to thank you so much for joining me this week on Empowering Women in Chiropractic and I want to remind you that you set the tone, put your oxygen mask on first, go out there and serve your community, serve the masses by first and foremost serving yourself.
I will see you next time, but until then, I want you to join us next week because Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp is going to be our host right here on Empowering Women in Chiropractic. We’ll see you next time.
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