Being a physician means you play a lot of different roles. Counselor, listener, provider, advisor, friend, etc. Many people depend on you and so it often feels like you are being pulled in so many different directions. Everyone wanting a piece of you, 'til there isn't any of you left. I'm sure many of you can relate, as this isn't specific to my career.

When you find yourself in this situation it may feel like you're drowning and you can't catch your breath. It's like everyone is wanting everything from you all at once.

It's easy to lose yourself in these situations. To forget who you are...what makes you you.

In these times it's especially important to spend time on yourself.

I didn't realize how dependent I had become on others 'til I had spent a lot of time alone. It is in these moments you discover who you truly are...your strengths and your weaknesses. It is in these moments you need to take time on YOU. Invest in you. Learn who YOU truly are and want to become. Invest in yourself.

There is no better investment than investing in yourself. Once you realize this, your mindset shifts. Your priorities change. You no longer spend time worrying about small things or people who have nothing to add to your future.

You must be your first priority. Your future is worth it.