December 15, 2022

Have you scheduled any time off for yourself over the next few weeks?

By “time off,” I mean:

  • No appointments, no meetings.
  • Auto-replies to work emails are on.
  • You’re not fiddling around with your website.
  • You're not finishing up that course you’ve been taking.
  • You're not updating your calendar or doing bookkeeping. 
  • You’ve informed your clients that you’ll be offline for a while.
  • You're not surreptitiously checking messages. 

Be as offline (for work purposes) as you would for your honeymoon.

Literally everything work-related can wait. 

One of the hard things about being in solo practice is that you only get absolute time off if you take it, which is easier said than done.

Even if things slow down through the holiday season/end of year, if you haven’t consciously decided to take time off, I can almost guarantee that you won’t get the rest you need. 

A few slow weeks is not the same as taking time off entirely.

Block off at least a few days in a row - or better yet, a week, or even two.  You aren’t working these days. Do whatever you want that’s not work-related.

Can’t take time off over the next few weeks? Block off the time now to have true breaks later this year.

I know this sounds obvious, and I also know most people aren’t actually doing it. 

You will be a better practitioner if you get a real, extended break periodically.

Take the time. It’s important ❤️ 

Warmly,

Camille


About Camille Freeman, DCN, RH (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and nutritionist specializing in fertility and menstrual health. I run the Monday Mentoring community of practice and also offer continuing education programs for practicing herbalists and nutritionists (Check out this year's Deep Dive!). I'm also a former professor with the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I taught physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating for 17 years. 

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