Self-care for The Caregiver
People who work in “caregiving” fields such as health care professionals, educators, child care professionals, holistic practitioners, etc. are often better at taking care of others while sacrificing their own needs and putting themselves last. Have you ever flown on a plane and listened to the instructions before take off… “if the oxygen mask should happen to fall, put it on yourself and then take care of young children.” If we cannot take care of ourselves, we cannot take care of other people.
I do not believe in coincidents but rather that things happen for a reason. If we pay attention to things that are happening around and to us, we can learn from these lessons.
I also believe that if we are racing around and we are not able to slow ourselves down, that something will slow us down.
SELF REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. If I could change ONE thing in my professional life, what would it be?
2. When is the last time that I said "NO" to someone else and "YES" to
3. When my job can be very intense, how do I create balance in my
personal and professional life?
4. Who are the people in my professional life who offer me support?
5. What is it in this career that keeps me challenged and how long do
I see myself continuing to work in my current position?
6. If I need to make changes, what are my roadblocks to creating
7. When do I allow myself time without "have to's" and "shoulds!"
8. If I found out that I only had one year to live, what would I do
9. How do I define SUCCESS and SANITY?
10. What other questions do I need to ask myself pertaining to my personal
and professional lives?
11. What piece of advice do I give others that I might want to consider for
12. If I could change ONE thing in my personal life, what would it be?
Are you finding yourself working more and playing less?
Do you have difficulty asking others for help?