MADDEN Monthly My Perfect Day PHYSICAL THERAPY WHAT THE GIFT OF AN EXTRA DAY MEANS
February is a unique month this year. In case you haven’t looked at the calendar yet, we will celebrate a leap day in February 2020. As we approach this unique holiday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of one whole extra day. I can’t help but wonder, “What would my perfect day look like?” I think I’d start the day by waking up early without being woken up by an alarm clock. I love getting up early and enjoying my mornings, but being rudely awoken by constant ringing is never a pleasant way to start the day. Next, I’d enjoy some freshly brewed tea and a good book. I like to get caught up in personal development and leadership books. It would be a motivating way to begin my perfect day. I’d round out my morning with some time to focus on myself and my well-being. I might jump on the bike and head to the woods for a nice mountain bike ride or some other form of exercise. Next, I’d get myself some food! I would like to go out with friends and socialize around a great meal or spend time with my family. I’m a big people person, and it would be important to me that my perfect day involves spending time with the people I love the most. I’m also a big football fan, and in particular, I’m a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. My perfect day would have to include a game at Lambeau Field, particularly when the conditions are right and it’s snowing on top of the Frozen Tundra. I’d have my cheese head on, of course! (Ideally, the Packers would win, too.) And finally, I think I’d like to spend some time in nature on my perfect day. I’ve been on a big national park kick recently, and I’d love to take a trip out west or explore the next national park on my list. While it may not be feasible to complete everything on my “perfect day” list — the flights from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and out west alone would be unrealistic for one day — it’s still important to find ways to recharge your mentality with little pockets of your “perfect day.” I actually learned the value of taking care of yourself from Chad Madden. As many of you know, Chad is a pretty busy guy, between raising six children and balancing a successful professional life with his personal endeavors. He taught me the value of
making sure I’m taken care of before I can offer anything to my staff, patients, or loved ones. He equated it to putting on your oxygen mask before anyone else. Unless you take care of yourself first, you won’t be in a position to help others. I believe this applies to those who are healing from pain, too. You have to find time to improve your mentality, rest your mind, and actively heal through activities that excite you. I always say, “I wish there were more hours in the day,” and regular patients can attest to me running from one function to the next. But sometimes it’s important to remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. We have to find a way to take a deep breath and create our own perfect days with the days we are given each year.
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