Self-Care Tip #88 – Win yourself over. Be a friend to yourself.
Dr. White works with mostly women in primary care medicine. She tells me that her women so often come in tired, overextended, and they say they don’t feel good. She wonders why they think they can run 2 full-time jobs (parenting and employment) without suffering for it. Her counsel is to down scale.
My patients do so much better when they are working part-time.
Christie, a mom of 3 who works full-time, tells me tonight,
That’s not new news but nor is it small news. How many of us nod when on the subject of self-care. We sagely stroke our chin yet are nowhere to be found on the list of topics of interest. Do we even get pleasure out of taking care of ourselves?
I think there’s a misperception here. The hard part is not doing the 2 jobs that Dr. White’s patients work. It is working our own person. Maybe if we found more pleasure in caring for ourselves we would. Maybe if we connected that caring for ourselves is the minus-1 to the starting point of caring for others. We can get hooked. We can. But it won’t be the same for all of us. Any way you turn it though, we have to make it sticky, linked to pleasure, and making sense.
Question: Is there anything specific you can think of that contributes to self-care being a positive thing in your life? Please tell me your story.
- 5 principles of self-care for health professionals (kevinmd.com)