As I continue my journey of self care through the month of September, I have caught myself on multiple occasions struggling to fit self care into my daily schedule.
Do you ever just forget to take care of yourself?
I know we are all busy. Jumping from one thing to the next, and finding time to take care of ourselves seems nearly impossible. But when we don’t, we find ourselves battered from exhaustion, in a mental fog.
Caring about anything or anyone is beyond difficult.
How can we possibly care for others, when we are ourselves have trouble taking care of our own well-being?
Being in a field where taking care of others is your top priority, it seems ironic and slightly hypocritical that I sit in class each and every day learning how to treat and care for patients as a Physical Therapist. Yet, I can’t even take care of myself.
This was the turning point I needed.
How could I genuinely and honestly care for my patients when I myself am struggling to keep the pieces together on the inside? It just does not add up.
So, I made a change. I decided it was finally time to take care of Becca.
What that meant, I had no idea but I set out on a journey to figure it out.
It was a trial and error process. I tried everything under the sun searching for routines, activities, anything to show myself more appreciation and learn to take care of my body, mind and soul.
I would continuously catch myself in a recurring cycle of falling in and out of a routine of self care.
Even though, I have made progress and discovered a variety of activities and things to take care of myself, I still find myself exhausted and overwhelmed from time to time. The important thing to remember is this is okay.
It is okay to have these feelings, and it is natural to drift away. We are not perfect.
Though, when we catch ourselves feeling overwhelmed and exhausted we need to reel ourselves back in again. That’s when you know its time to focus more of your attention on yourself.
Self care is not a one time deal. It is not a to-do list item we can just check off. It is a continuous task we need to be conscious of.
It takes constant repetition of many habits. Yes, there are many times I still continue to drift away from my self care routine, getting lost in the piles of class work but the important thing is to catch yourself. Recognize your off the path and reel yourself back in.
I know taking care of myself will only help me to better take care of patients in my future career. This is my motivation! What is yours?
Implement self care habits each and every day adding a little bit of love and attention to your body, mind and soul!