Minimizing Stress in Times of Change

Transitions, even good ones, can be very stressful.  While I am very happy about moving into my independent medical practice , Deborah Ann Ballard, MD, Integrative Medicine, PLLC, and launching my wellness center, Holiwell Health, LLC, I also acknowledge the challenges this change presents for me, my patients, and other physicians.

How can we all minimize stress during this transition?  Here are 3 steps we can take to stay well and avoid unnecessary stress and suffering:

  1.  Plan ahead.  Plan for your health care needs over the next 3-4 months and take steps now to seamlessly continue your medical care.   Check your prescriptions.  If you need to renew your medications during this time, please make an appointment with another physician now.  If you wait until your prescriptions are about to expire,  or a critical follow up test is due, you may find that there is a wait time to see another physician.  Please understand, that although I was employed with a large health care system with many other primary care providers, the other physicians at KentuckyOne Health have busy schedules too.  You can avoid stress by proactively making an appointment with one of my colleagues before your prescriptions expire or your laboratory tests are due.  My colleagues at KentuckyOne Health have access to your medical records through the electronic health record.  If you chose a physician outside KentuckyOne Health, you will need to take the additional step of transferring your medical records before your appointment.
  2. Prevent illness.  Pay attention to the basics of good health:  Eat well, be physically active, and get plenty of sleep.  Anyone who has chronic health problems knows that eating the wrong foods, neglecting exercise, and going without sleep can cause them to have a health crisis.  This is especially true for people with diabetes, heart failure, and autoimmune diseases.  Oh, and WASH YOUR HANDS!  Good hand washing practices and avoidance of obviously contagious people (coughing, sneezing, feverish) can effectively prevent you from contracting infections.
  3. Be compassionate.  Understand that transitions are more difficult for some people than others.  Know that most people are good and want to be helpful, but in times of increased stress, some may seem rude and uncaring because they are having trouble adapting.  Being kind and patient with yourself and others can lessen the suffering of everyone going through the change with you.

Planning ahead, preventing illness, and being compassionate can help you avoid unnecessary stress and suffering, not only in this transition, but throughout your entire life.

I deeply appreciate your kindness and support  during this exciting but demanding time.  As soon as I can, I will update my contact information for my new practice.  My contractor is going to start work next week, and I know the next couple of months will fly by.   Until I see you again, dear friends, take good care.

The Art of Happiness-A Handbook for Living. 10th Anniversary Edition. His Holiness The Dalia Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. Riverhead Books. New York 2009.

Tao Te Ching. Lao Tsu. Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English with Toinette Lippe. Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. New York. January 2012.

The Joy in Loving. Mother Teresa. Compiled by Jaya Chalika and Edward Le Joly. Penguin Group. New York. 1996.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success-A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. Deepak Chopra. Amber-Allen Publishing and New World Library. San Rafael, California. 1994.

Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World. John O’Donohue. Bantam Press. Great Britain. 1997.

Did Ye Get Healed?  Song by Van Morrison. Click here to listen