When I started school again this past May, I started to realize how important self-care was. I always knew that it was but I never really had a name for it until I had gone to school and people who had been at the school longer started talking about it. I always tell people to take care of themselves first, which may seem like a very selfish thing at times but sometimes, you really need to in order to keep from going crazy. Also, after doing an ethic’s course, I realized just how important it is to do self-care in order to practice ethically as a counsellor.
Lately, I have been so busy with work and now I will be going back to in class classes soon, I’m going to be even busier. I know I haven’t really been doing enough self-care since I moved back to Vancouver and I know that I need to do it soon because if I don’t I will burn out, get sick, or pass out from exhaustion. Actually I am quite nervous about that last one, even though it has never happened to me before and I have done as much as I have been doing now before. Somehow, it seems so much harder to do. Am I trying to do too much? Or maybe I just got use to doing less?
Since I started school, I have been trying to find a balance between work, school and friends. I think I have the right balance but at the same time, I haven’t really put self-care in there too. As much as I know I need to put aside time for self-care, I just have so many other things I want to do. For instance, I would like to start volunteering again soon if possible (however, I am not so sure it will be), and I want to post more regularly on my blogs.
There is so much I want to do, not enough time and the last thing on my mind is to do self-care. Okay, that’s a lie, I’ve been feeling the stress and the exhaustion lately that I know it’s about that time where I need to get on that self-care business, so what better way than to keep myself on top of things than to have to report back to you about what self-care thing I did that week and how that helped me get on with the rest of my week.
What do you do for self-care?