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    10 holiday dos and don’ts for ODs in 2017


    Don’t: Allow the holidays to stress you out

    With all that’s going on along with normal day-to-day work and items on your to-do list, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Holiday stress is very real; don’t let it ruin your holidays.

    “Don't overwork, enjoy your time off,” says Justin Bazan, OD.

    Angel Adolfo Camblor, OD, recommends ODs just “go with the flow” for a happier holiday season.

    The holiday season can be busy with people trying to get in before the end of the year and be stressful for us and our staff, says Bryan Wolynski, OD.

    “Make sure to take time for yourself and enjoy the holidays with friends and family,” he says. “This will also reflect on your staff and make your office a happier place.”

    Related: 13 holiday dos and don’ts for ODs

    Says Dr. Canto-Sims: “Don't spend time with yucky people, and don’t stress out having to work because people leave things for last minute. Other people’s lack of planning should not be your inconvenience.”

    Don’t let the craziness of the holidays get you down—they are supposed to be fun, not stressful, cautions Dr. Schroeder Swartz. 

    “If it is stressful, ask for help,” she says. “And coffee.”

    Do: Unplug over the holidays

    Don’t bury yourself in your devices over the holiday season, says Whitney Hauser, OD, or the season will pass you by.

    “In our instant information society, it takes effort to walk away from technology and be in the moment with friends and family,” she says. “You don’t want to miss moments you’ll never get back.”

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    Optometry Times A/V