Taking care of YOU

Posted on 10 October, 2010 by Chris, Gina | 2 Comments to Read

For many of us, spending time helping others is second nature. We willingly sacrifice our own priorities and needs, and give more to others than we do for ourselves.

In this podcast, Gina and Chris discuss ways to make sure you do keep a healthy balance of taking care of yourself, while still being strong, supportive and available for your friends and colleagues.

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3 comments
Regina
Regina

Gina and Chris, thank you for reminding us about self-care. As one who is a giver, I struggle with this and it is always helpful to get reinforcement strategies. I enjoyed your tips. My favorites are stepping back and checking in with your body, identifying if the task at hand is essential, flipping roles and asking for help instead, and last but certainly not least --being perfectly honest with yourself and taking responsibility. Gina, you are right about "role modeling" we can teach through example. Two other strategies that I practice are going where the energy is to get into action and out of the "stuck" mode and practicing healthy boundaries - limit my interaction with people who drain me, increase my interaction with people who give me energy, and incorporate "ME" time when I'm out of wack. Just came off a weekend of "ME" time. Thanks again for the self care reminder. It's vital to our well being.

Sam
Sam

Hi Regina,

Thanks very much for your comments! I'm sure Gina and/or Chris will want to reply, but your strategy of practicing healthy boundaries is a really useful one - so I particularly wanted to acknowledge it!
We've all got innate boundaries that we may not even realise are there, so it's worth exploring what our boundaries might be and then to focus on reinforcing them, or checking in that we are not allowing them to be breached. Our boundaries are unique to each of us, and sometimes having a metaphor can help so I think of them as protective rings around us. When we are clear on what our boundaries are, it is easier to make decisions that respect them.

Glad you enjoyed your weekend of "ME" time - what a wonderful gift!
With love & curiosity,
Sam

Regina
Regina

Gina and Chris, thank you for reminding us about self-care. As one who is a giver, I struggle with this and it is always helpful to get reinforcement strategies. I enjoyed your tips. My favorites are stepping back and checking in with your body, identifying if the task at hand is essential, flipping roles and asking for help instead, and last but certainly not least --being perfectly honest with yourself and taking responsibility. Gina, you are right about "role modeling" we can teach through example. Two other strategies that I practice are going where the energy is to get into action and out of the "stuck" mode and practicing healthy boundaries - limit my interaction with people who drain me, increase my interaction with people who give me energy, and incorporate "ME" time when I'm out of wack. Just came off a weekend of "ME" time. Thanks again for the self care reminder. It's vital to our well being.