You may be familiar with the saying, “physician heal thyself”. I am not sure who said it originally, but it has been around for a very long time. Here’s the gist of that saying means: if you are not taking good care of yourself, you’re not in a position to tell me what to do. In other words, don’t be a hypocrite!
If I am telling or asking people to do things to improve their emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual health, I had better make sure my own ducks are in a row. If I can honestly tell someone I’m not asking them to do anything I haven’t done or wouldn’t do, it has more impact. Sincerity goes a long way in these professions!
So what do you do to take care of yourself? How do you recharge? Are you aware when you’re tank is running low? Are you getting support from somewhere on a regular basis? Have you ever gone to a counselor? I have great respect for people in the helping professions that are not afraid to get help themselves. We are human and things happen that are a lot to try to cope with. If counseling is good enough for our clients, shouldn’t it be good enough for us? I have seen several people in this profession as clients over the years and I always applaud them for being secure and aware enough to seek help when they need it!
I invite and encourage you to write down all the things you have done to take care of yourself in the last 30 days. If it’s a short list, then make it a goal to create a longer list next month. If it’s a good list that shows you take good care of yourself, awesome! Keep it up! And if you need some help, ask for it!