How to Take Care of Yourself
3 easy steps to keeping the important things in life a top priority
Hi, this really is me, Doctor Rob, and you are listening to the House Call Doctor’s Quick and Dirty tips for taking charge of your health.
It’s been a long time since my last podcast. I know a lot of my listeners wondered what happened – why haven’t I recorded any podcasts since December 2010? I really appreciate everyone’s concern. Let me reassure you that I am doing fine; I am not sick, and I have not contracted a disease. The reason I stopped podcasting (and stopped blogging, for those who read my blog) is that I needed to rearrange some priorities. I needed to take care of myself.
That’s what I want to discuss on this abbreviated podcast: taking care of yourself. The whole point of staying healthy is to be able to live a productive and happy life. It’s hard for me as a doctor to preach this, though, if I am not taking care of myself. So I am going to give you some Quick and Dirty Tips from what I’ve learned recently about this subject. Hopefully my experience can benefit you; not from doctor to patient, but from person to person. At the end of this podcast I’ll give you some news about what’s coming down the road for the House Call Doctor.
Tip #1: Be Selfish
This seems like strange advice, but I really believe that you must pay attention to your own needs first. I am not advocating self-centeredness – where you want everyone to cater to your needs. However, you are no good to those around you if your life is out of whack. So pay attention to your health and be willing to make it a priority even if it bothers others around you.
Tip #2: Simplify
[[AdMiddle]It’s real easy to get lost in life’s busyness. Don’t. Give up things you don’t need and focus on the things that matter. I am only indispensable to myself and to my family. I’ve got to put that first, and then I can look outward to the other people around me.
Tip 3: Be Yourself
A lot of my struggles were because I was trying to make people think I was special by blogging, podcasting, and being a doctor. That’s why I put a lot of extraneous things aside so I could figure out who I am when I’m by myself, out of the eyes and judgment of others. This is a priceless thing to know.
That’s all I’ve got time for, so now for the big news: The House Call Doctor podcast is going under new management. Dr. Sanaz Majd, who has been podcasting as the terrific Girlfriend M.D., will be taking over as the House Call Doctor. I think this is great! You’ll really like her. And I’m not totally disappearing; I have already been asked to do a few cameo podcasts in the coming year, so stay tuned.
Again, I’d like to thank you all for listening. I am sorry I cut off without explaining before, but better late than never. I’ve really enjoyed doing this podcast and look forward to hearing how Dr. Majd made you all totally forget about me.
Catch you next time! Take care of yourselves!