Thursday, February 4, 2010

Healer, heal thyself!

As a Healer, I know better. You can't burn the candle at both ends, rob Peter to pay Paul, run on all cylinders ( you know all the metaphors), and not stop and take care of numero uno-----YOU! There are times when a little extra sleep or an afternoon of downtime can make up for some of the deficit, but not all of it. And because we feel, marginally, better we take off at full tilt again. I am here to tell you that you are just fooling yourself. You have to learn to put yourself first. I know, especially we as women,  are taught to take care of everyone else. It is expected. Maybe, you have even been told that you are selfish if you take the time you need. I see so many people in my practice who are literally running on empty because they have given so much of themselves. Do you know what I hear from these folks (myself included) is that they feel "guilty" because they can't do more! Guilty?!! Now I know that society puts some of this upon us, after all aren't we supposed to "bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan"? But, the real culprit is, you guessed it, ourselves. We don't set boundaries and if we do, then we don't enforce them. We need to make it our JOB to take care of ourselves. If what you need is an afternoon to read, then read. If walking in nature is your need, then walk.  An afternoon in the bathtub? Go get the bubble bath. I know you are all going to say, "But I just don't have the time", so this is what I am going to leave with you today. When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant explains that in the event that the cabin looses pressure, the oxygen masks will come down and that you are to put it on yourself before you help anyone else with theirs. Why? Because if you pass out from lack of oxygen you can't help anyone else. So----mask up!
Bright Blessings!
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