I don’t know about y’all, but that long weekend couldn’t come too soon. Though I used to be a total workaholic, I can’t hang like I used to years ago. Now, I am reasonably selective about the hours that I keep at my practice. I love what I do and I want to keep it that way. However, last week I decided to pinch hit for a friend and facilitate challenging, court-madated groups in his practice. Of course, that was along with managing my regular clients at Lotus. Whew, was I tired by the end!
That experience got me thinking about self-care and how we integrate it into our lives. Finding an oasis for ‘me time” as you run after dogs, kids, coworkers, and partners can seem nearly impossible. But, research from a variety of different disciplines points out that we are unable to function at out best if we don’t recharge and refuel. I don’t need to go to the lives of my clients to find out that many of us don’t do that–I struggle with it myself. I have discovered that those of us in caring professions are the absolute worst at taking time for ourselves. I have had the pleasure to work with a good number of other helpers in my practice and have noticed that counselors and nurses seem to be the worst at saying ‘yes’ to themselves. There appears to be something about self-nurturing that feels like self-indulgence for them. They are usually the clients that I worry most about when they leave because they burn the candle at both ends at home and at work.
So, as the summer continues to march along, let’s remember to fill up our own tanks so that we can continue to interact with others in the caring manner to which we are accostomed.
Your Partner in Healing,
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