|Posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:00 AM|
I would not dream of trading my line of work for any other, and I have yet to meet a colleague who's heart is not fully engaged with their work. Supporting families through this most difficult time of transition can be challenging but we do it with courage, strength and a loving heart. People often tell me that it takes a special kind of person to work in this field, yet I feel it is a calling, no different than those called to create art or prepare meals! Each vocation has it's challenges and opportunities for growth. I have noticed that physical and emotional exhaustion can exact a toll on us all, that we are quick to give the best of ourselves to others but just a fraction of that to ourselves. The pace with which we meet the world - the depth of our involvement in our family schedules, work, and play leaves little time to practice restorative self-care. Without proper self-care we become more prone to illness, injury and even depression. No matter what line of work you enjoy, be sure to take time to process your emotions, rest, and practice restorative exercises to maintain your body, mind and spirit balance. Utilize the supportive resources in your community, wellness coaches, grief counseling, time spent with a good friend. Take that nap if you are tired and don't beat yourself up about it. Take time to meditate, use Healing Touch, Reiki, or other healing modalities on yourself. Schedule a massage on a regular basis. Exercise, practice deep breathing, paint or do something creative...it doesn't have to be perfect. Give yourself permission to slow down, and give yourself the kind of love and care you are so quick to share with others. YOU are just as special as they are! You are valuable and important, so please fill your own cup. You are a blessing and the world needs you!