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This is public health too? - Sometimes, You Just Have to Relax

Posted By Jonathan Noel, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"This is public health too?” is a segment where we will mention something that is public health related but not mentioned all that often. Something that just kind of occurs to us at random times. I know, I know. I just took it from the What is public health? campaign. But if you’re going to judge, at least leave it in the comments section.

It has come to my attention that I do a lot of things. Actually, I was told I do too much and to stop taking on so many projects. That’s probably not going to happen. If anything, I’ll try to get my hands in a few more pots before I really feel maxed out, but it did make me realize that I need to relax more.

Ah, relaxing. Such a foreign concept. There are maybe 4 hours a year where I really just sit down, think about nothing, and feel relaxed. It’s hard to just sit there. There’s always something to think about, a new report to read, an email to respond to. We are all guilty of it. We are all trying to do more with less, and if there is a new, interesting project we hear about, we jump at the chance despite the 14 other half-finished projects that we are a part of.

Which gets me back to relaxing. It can’t be healthy to work this much. We are public health after all. If we are overworking ourselves, how can we tell other people not to overwork themselves? Some days we just need to take a deep breath, sit down, and relax.

So that’s what I’m going to do this weekend. I won’t just be sitting on a chair somewhere if that’s what you’re thinking. Maybe I’ll finish that project I started. Or clean out the garden. Or start raking the leaves. Or…No. I’m going to relax, somehow, maybe. So if you can’t reach me for a few hours this weekend, you know why.

I’ll start back up bright and early in the morning though. There are a couple more projects to get started.

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