North County Water & Sports Therapy Center July 2019

PATIENT PULSE

(858) 675-1133 | www.waterpt.com

15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128

Work-life balance is a big topic these days and with good reason. Our lives are constantly getting busier, and it’s tough to make room for everything. Everyone deserves some time for themselves, but finding that time can be difficult. My approach to striking a balance between my job and the rest of my life is different than most, but I need that balance all the same. As a practice owner who legitimately loves her job, it can be hard for me to separate my life from my work. Even when I’m at home, I’m thinking about North County Water and Sports Therapy Center. I’m constantly reading journals on the science of physical therapy and coming up with ideas to help us improve. Sometimes, I just can’t help but put in well over 40 hours of work in a week. It’s not really that I set out to do it. It just sort of happens. However, I work these “extra” hours knowing that they will allow me to take a couple of well-deserved vacations each year. When I take these breaks, I get the chance to disconnect completely without feeling stressed or guilty about missing something back at the practice. Part of that comes down to having an amazing team I can trust and rely on, but it’s also a way for me to recharge and come back to work better than ever. Often, that break comes in the form of travel. My husband and I like to joke we’re spending our children’s college education money on travel. (Disclaimer: We do not have children. If we did, such a joke would be a whole lot grimmer.) This June, to celebrate my 50th birthday, we decided to take a trip to Africa. We didn’t have cellphone or internet access for the bulk of the trip, which is a surefire way to force you to actually get away from it all. At one reserve in Zambia run by solar power, there is zero light pollution. It was unbelievable to stargaze without anything blocking out the sky. As I’m sure you’re aware, that’s not an option in San Diego. However, finding a balance doesn’t always involve me traveling halfway across the world. I have a couple rules that can turn even a weekend away into a full-fledged respite. First, I only read novels when I’m on a trip. I love ALL THE WAY ON, ALL THE WAY OFF HOW I DEFINE WORK-LIFE BALANCE

fiction, but I find it difficult to make time for it during my regular routine, so it’s perfect for when I’m on a trip. Second, I never check my work email when I’m not prepared to respond to it. Simply opening up my inbox can be a slippery slope, so it’s best to avoid the temptation entirely. I may not have a typical work-life balance, but I try to maintain one all the same. Whether I’m going on a multiweek voyage or simply hiding out for a few days, I give myself time to forget about work for a while. These periods of

downtime are essential to me. When I return, I throw myself back into work with full force. What can I say? It’s the only way I know how to operate.

When we returned from Africa, one of the first things I did was open up my work email — and to do so after taking a vacation was a joyful experience. I wish everyone could feel that way about returning to work.

–Beth Scalone

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