Self-care seems to be a hot topic as of late. I see a huge number of clients experiencing burn out or compassion fatigue- mamas, papas, husbands, wives, partners, caretakers, doctors, nurses, active duty, veterans, and beyond- all who somewhere along the way, learned that taking care of everyone around them, making sure everyone around them is happy** (no uncomfortable emotions here, no sir!) is SAFE but in that safety, as an adult, recognizing that never taking care of one’s self leads to burnout, resentments, depression, anxiety, etc
During a recent discussion with school colleagues on the topic of self-care, we determined that as clinicians, collaboration is the best approach. And as individuals, it’s leaning into what are the unmet needs for ourselves. Maybe it’s basic needs level self-care, eating, showering, resting. Maybe it’s next level care, a night out, a spa day, meal prepping to reduce daily dinner decision fatigue.
It doesn’t have to be a ‘me first’ approach if that’s uncomfortable, but more of a me too (as much as that makes me cringe to write out). What are you doing today to make sure your needs are being met?
Opinion Piece by
Nicole Trottier, MPH