My world at work is always more satisfying, the more my world at home is satisfying. This is not as easy as it may appear to be. So many therapists tend to make their practice the brightest penny in the bunch when it comes to their lives. I contend that this leads to burn out pretty quickly.
As a busy private practitioner for nearly 20 years, I am a fierce walk your talk person in favour of having a super, deliciously rich private life. Filled with good like minded friends, satisfying hobbies, a fun social calendar and personal spirituality… whatever it may be.
This has been my recipe for feeling a deep contentedness in my professional life. I am always happy to get back to work because my personal life has filled me. I work a 4 day week and have done so for years. Initially I did this schedule to help me with my stress levels a while back but even though that quickly got under control I decided to keep the 4 day week. It just made so much sense to me.
I now try and pack my Mondays to Thursdays and I feel very satisfied that at work, I am making a difference for my clients. They can feel my enthusiasm and my clarity. And I am always so happy to know my Friday is off to pursue my personal life once again for 3 days.
This is my recipe for contentedness. What is yours?
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