I must start by saying there are lots of you managing to do self-care far more successfully than I. I do so admire and applaud you, and I am learning to listen to you and to myself.
It has taken a long time!
But if you are reading this and are like me coming to ‘self-care’ rather late or feeling guilty about it, the old saying ‘better late than never’ may resonate.
I hope my more recent thoughts and experiences may evoke some food for thought and provide encouragement. Like so many of us, I have always been so enthusiastic and supportive to share the many benefits of self-care to others.
Thinking we are truly privileged to do the job we do, we work with a passion, and give and give, without worry or concern for ourselves; we don’t realise how it creeps up or should I say, how the tank empties!
I know mine certainly did.
I feel very privileged to be able to exchange therapy sessions regularly now, and have been doing this for a few years. Meeting and working with a fellow practitioner brings so many benefits, including:
- We know exactly how much giving our role requires and are able to empathise – there’s no need to try and gather that information;
- We share new techniques and much discussion before and following the touch of the therapy session (great for continued professional development);
- We have learned to truly switch off during the positive touch… no work talk just time for ourselves. My advice here is that is a skill worth pursuing;
- We are very respectful of each other’s way of working;
- We have developed a special friendship through our regular meetings and sharing. It’s interesting we do not see each other at any other time (apart from conferences) but I so look forward to our meet-ups – it really is a privilege;
- It involves our time and our skills and no hard cash!
Self-care exchanges with a fellow practitioner works for me, does it work for you?
If you are still feeling guilty or think you cannot make time, it’s not just that you are worth it – it is 100% necessary.