Self-care refers to the actions and attitudes which contribute to the maintenance of personal health and well-being, therefore promoting human development including maintaining a stable work-life balance.
This involves taking care of your own self, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually so that you are fully alive and able to truly fulfil all of your purposes and callings. Which is the main point here: if you do not take care of yourself then you will not have the capability to take care of those in your life.
I believe that self-care is for everyone and is essential when maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Often times individuals get really busy in life through a number of scenarios , unfortunately we only have 24 hours in a day and it’s impossible to be present in all of the situations we are needed. Let me briefly run-through some examples and maybe you will be able to relate:
- Business owners and C.E.O.s work hard and work long hours to maximize their reputation, business and profits.
- Single parents work three jobs to provide for the family.
- 40 and 50 year old parents who have their own children also take care of their older parents, sandwiched in two roles of care.
- School teachers with children of their own, once they wake up they turn on the teacher mode and even when they get home they have to be in mom/teacher mode.
- Pastors who give and give and give might be neglecting their own care or their family's care.
- Doctors and nurses working in 12 or more hour shifts.
- Let's not forget our Heroes (Military men and women, E.M.T. workers, firemen and police men/women) who see trauma first-hand.
These are all examples of challenging scenarios, where self-care needs to be evaluated and implemented accordingly.
It’s paramount that you take time out of your busy schedule to put your needs first. It might be that you feel guilty and it might seem like you are neglecting your responsibilities. However, you are also your own responsibility; the world is going to take advantage of you and take all you have to offer. So, you have to take the initiative to find that balance between work and life. We have a balancing act between jobs, kids, spouses, institutions and those in our social network that need our attention and time.
But what is one thing you are going to do to this week that is for you and your own well-being?
Simply, it has a multiplier effect! If you are happy, fit and healthy, this will translate in to you being effective at your job.
Did you go through this type of experience, or have any questions about how best to approach the work and life balance? I would love to read your comments and opinions.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!