Midwifery and birth

Holiday mode – achieving a balance

Why does it take some longer to switch off “work mode” and switch on “holiday mode”? Whilst some can zap themselves straight into holiday mode and forget work, do others struggle to relax and reject thoughts of work ?

Which group are you in?

I have to confess that I used spend a couple of days trying to turn off my midwifery brain and switch on my Jenny “on holiday” home brain . However, I now embrace thinking of midwifery when I’m away from my clinical role , I enjoy reading articles, writing my blog, tweeting and listening to talks about birth when I’m not actually working . Being a midwife is an intrinsic part of who I am , I’m also a mother ,a dog owner, a rustic baker, a loyal friend and sister, I love interior design-moving my furniture around every couple of months-I also paint and enjoy photography.
This week I’m spending quality time with my two grown up children – we like to get to the beach every day with Sammy our 12 year old black Labrador – the earlier the better – this is because one of my mantras is “I like to get out early so I can get back” I love my home and I feel very happy when I get home from trips out or holidays .
All I’m saying I guess is however you choose to relax is ok for and it’s also acceptable to think about work or do work whilst you’re off . Thinking time away from work might give you your best ever ideas and inspiration – we can’t put segments of our lives into boxes as they all interact with each other .

Today I went to the beach very early in the morning and thought of birth being like the tides of the sea – they both arrive every day and bring something with them – each birth and tide is different and yet beautiful in its own right . There is a sense of anticipation for all involved in both and they are both far beyond words and descriptions
Staring at the sea helps me to relax , listening to the sea is therapeutic. Thoughts of my job pop into my brain mixed up with what my day will bring, who I might see , and other stuff I’ve planned and I now realise that this is ok

So don’t give yourself a hard time if you relax and unwind in a different way to your peers or friends – simply smile and embrace the way that suits you



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