What is our new 'Normal'?
It is so easy to be busy, it is so easy to put things off for another day, its so easy to lose that social connection to those that are not in our everyday routine. This GREAT PAUSE has forced me to reflect, to reevaluate what is important and to be grateful for those moments of connection that we sometimes have taken for granted.
This time has allowed me the opportunity to really reflect on what I love doing at work and at home. I realized how quickly I can get wrapped up in work and forget about the balance that I need in my life. I miss seeing all our amazing patients but I have really enjoyed connecting with my family and friends again - at a safe and socially acceptable distance.
Currently, I have weekly video calls with my group of friends that I normally would see once a month. Being able to connect on a more frequent basis has been amazing. Plus, I can't help but smile when my niece gets upset if the phone call is not on video and she can't show me her stickers. This human connection is so important to me and truly being present in these moments has been amazing.
As there is more talk and information being provided on what the new normal will be when we return to work, I start to get a little anxious. There is a safety aspect I want to make sure everyone feels when coming into the clinic, but also I do not want to lose these connections as the hussle and bussle of work emerges.
What does this new work life look like? Is one that I will slowly have to figure out, like the rest of us do, however with all this uncertainty, I do know that stress and anxiety can creep back in. This is when I have to remember to go back to the skills and techniques I already know and one of them is the Emotional Freedom Technique. Take a look at this post if you have not had a chance to yet - it has helped me many a time.
Also I wanted to share a sneak peak of what has happened at the clinic while we have been apart - complete face lift - floors have been sanded, walls been painted and a little purging to help create space. I can not wait for everyone to see it in person and this is a nice new normal here - bright and light :)
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