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Far too often we get caught up in rewarding ourselves instead of maintaining self care. "I am so tired so I deserve a vacation", we say. We go without "this" or "that" and instead tend to the needs of others with the hope that we can reward ourselves at some point down the road (should we have time). Why is this? What happens in between now and the vacation? Self care.
Self care isn't selfish nor is it meant to be. It's a means of preserving one's energy, sanity, health and well being, just to name a few things, yet far too often people fail to practice it. The quote listed above is one of my favorite ways to explain self-care to families. It's so true! You cannot give what you don't have. Think about it. No matter what setting or environment you're in be it work, school or home, when you're tapped out and drained with little to nothing left it seems impossible to handle the tasks ahead of you be it work, caring for children or teaching students. Even when you somehow "muster up the energy" to push forward the strain still shows and we don't perform to our potential.
This is why self care is so important! I need each of you to know that self care is okay! It's a key component of healthy living for anyone especially families that give so much to others and may tend to do less for themselves (ex: families of individuals with disabilities). Whether it's scheduling time to yourself for a number of minutes per day or joining a fitness class I urge you to practice good health habits and make a point of improving your self care. It may help you feel more energized and refreshed, cheerful, optimistic, relaxed and empowered among other things. Don't do it for everyone else...do it for yourself!
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