Being a doctor is a career that puts severe demands on your time to properly care for your patients and succeed in your practice. At the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we emphasize the importance of work/personal life balance because we are interested in the well being of the total person, not just your life as a practitioner. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to highlight some important relationship builders and encourage our members to take care of the special relationships in your life.

Speaking the Same Language—love language that is. If hugs and physical touch is how you feel loved and special gifts and elaborate plans for date night are what speak to your significant other, you both may be working hard to please each other but no one is feeling the love. Learn what makes your spouse feel loved and appreciated and let them know what says it for you.

Making the Minutes Count—instead of telling you to make more time to be with the one you love, let’s focus instead on how you spend the time together that you do have. Living like roommates is a big relationship killer. Use your time together wisely to learn what is on your spouse’s mind and express your gratitude for each other. Don’t wait for special anniversaries, vacations and other big events to show your love. Look for small ways to let your spouse know they are special to you every day.

Focus on the Whole Glass—yes, it’s important to be positive and emphasize the good qualities of your relationship but it’s equally necessary to take the time to talk about even minor annoyances and deal with small issues as they arise. Resentment builds quickly when little things are constantly swept under the rug and suppressed. Keep it real and honest every day to stay connected and maintain intimacy.

Part of our mission is providing foot doctors at all stages of their careers with the most up to date information on all aspects of podiatric practice as well as the integration of professional and personal lives. Treasure and care for those in your life who support and love you! To become a member of IPED or learnmore contact our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue, at 978-296-7634.

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