hen Pamela Hays, PhD, began her psychology career, she tried to do it all: clinical
work, writing, research and teaching. But she couldn’t sustain it. After a decade of
going full tilt, she developed neck problems and carpal tunnel syndrome so severe
she had to start using a voice-activated computer system.
“I was driven,” she says. “But I drove myself into health problems I couldn’t ignore anymore.”
Hays, now a clinical psychologist practicing in Soldotna, Alaska, might be an extreme case. Or
maybe not. Work-life balance is something that many psychologists struggle with.
The unfortunate irony is that psychologists know better than anyone the importance of making
time for self-care. “We talk about it a lot with patients, but we don’t practice what we preach,” says
Chelsi Day, PsyD, a behavioral health provider at Windrose Health Network in Indianapolis.
more balance Even though psychologists are well-versed in the principles behind work-life balance,
achieving it personally can be a
struggle. Research points to ways
to move toward equilibrium.
By Kirsten Weir