So as a busy mom and physician, my day starts in a whirlwind of making breakfasts, packing lunches, drop offs at multiple schools, busy office work, stressed to stay on time in a dimly lit florescent office with little or no time to slow down, ending my day with more charts, homework, dinner and bedtime routines to only start it all over again.
Over the last two years, as I journeyed through an Integrative Medicine Fellowship… I learned to change my approach to optimize my own healing and I am now sharing this wisdom in the hopes that it would help others.
- Care starts with ourselves. Sounds simple. But we rarely believe in this idea as we find excuses to put ourselves last. So start your day by setting an intention to eat, breath, move and wind down between crazy, busy moments.
- Health is a balance of the mind, body and spirit. Explore and understand how to positively balance all three. Meditate daily. Exercise when you can. Nourish your body with real food. Embrace the imperfections of your day and move forward.
- Be Mindful. Laugh, sing, dance and enjoy the company of those who lift you up. Savor the good moments and etch them in your memory so you can draw from them all day.
- Work to create healing spaces with nature, color, light, fresh air, music, art and scents. Change your screen saver to your favorite scenery, keep a plant on your desk, step outside, massage your hands with fragrant essential oils. You set the stage for a beautiful day!
- Rest well. Sleep is not a place you go to. Being less awake is the key. Get comfortable and relax!
How do we solve the problem of a fast-moving culture, driven by success and pressured to perform? We start with ourselves. ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’. Movements start with one person setting an intention, touching the lives of people around them. Sending a ripple effect through the universe, turning the tide in how we live, love and breathe. My intention is to move people in a direction of mindfulness, what is your intention?
The light in me, bows to the light in you~ Namaste
Dr. Patel was named one of the TOP DOCS in Phoenix Magazine 2009, 2016 and Internist of the Year 2011 by the American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter. She is uniquely trained, board-certified and practices both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Fountain Hills, Arizona. She is additionally fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine.
She has a passion for teaching medicine and acts as a preceptor for both medical residents and providers in training. Dr. Patel has a special interest in Integrative Medicine, Women’s health, Pediatric & Adolescent care, Nutrition and Medical Cosmetics.