October 13, 2014
ON SELF CARE.
I've said it once (here, to be exact) and I'll say it again: I stink at self-care. And I think it runs in my genes. My mom has always been a crazy hard worker, my sister gets told to take her breaks at work, and I get the same thing. It's probably a girl thing (maybe?) but I've realized that it's something that I need to work on.
My mentor at work reminded me that if I want to take care of others and do my job well, I need to take care of myself.
A lot easier said than done, I joked.
But after a few hectic days, I've realized that it might be something I need to focus on. If I want to be a good teacher (or friend, sister, or daughter, even) I need to take some time to take care of myself. I need to take my lunch breaks, go for a run/walk, hydrate myself, and just sit down in general. I can't see it as being selfish, but as being a much-needed routine in my daily schedule.
It'll likely be hard transition, though, seeing as I hate admitting that I need help or need to take time for myself. I hate burdening people and asking them for help. I like to be able to do things on my own. But I also need to remember that asking for help isn't necessarily a sign of weakness, but a sign that I'm overwhelmed and just can't do everything on my own.
And like a wise pin says, I can do anything, but I can't do everything.
So my goal for this upcoming school year is to practice self-care. To take my breaks, to go to the bathroom and eat lunch (I can't believe I admitted that on my blog), and to sit down, too.
What do you do for self-care? Do you believe in self-care? How do you advocate for it?
p.s. Apparently I'm not the only one with these kinds of thoughts--loved reading Elizabeth's take on listening to your inner voice and knowing when it's time to stop one thing and start another.