Why Taking Care of Ourselves is So Important!

October 8, 2015

Have you ever had one of those days when you just don’t feel good physically? Maybe you’re having a headache, or your joints ache from exercise or a chronic health condition, or you’re just tired from a lack of a good night’s sleep. How well were you able to do your job? To listen, be present with and help the people you serve? Was it easy to get through the day or did you feel increasingly lousy?

Contrast that with a day when you felt well-rested, well-fed, and had gotten enough exercise and fun activities. How well were you able to be present with your patients or clients that day? I suspect it was a lot easier, and you could be proud and happy with the results you got that day.

Wouldn’t you like more days like the latter, rather than the former? As healthcare and helping professionals, we often give our best “at the office” and forget to care for ourselves. We think in the long run it isn’t going to affect us, but that’s unfortunately untrue. If we shirk our personal lives and fail to take care of ourselves, we can’t give our best to others.

Jack Kornfield, PhD, in his wonderful book A Path With Heart talks about how we need to take care of ourselves first and foremost; only then can we truly give freely of ourselves.

So what does this mean practically? It means that we regularly and carefully attend to our:

  • Medical needs
  • Physical exercise
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Emotional and psychological well being
  • Spiritual needs
  • Financial needs
  • Social needs (romance, friendship, community)
  • Fun and recreational needs

I want to help you get on track with a plan that will help you do all that. It takes time and time is money (or so they say), but if we can avoid burnout in our professional and personal lives, it is time well spent. Please call me if you have questions: 661-575-7135.

 

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