Oh geez, let’s go ahead and call me out. As a therapist I try my best to be balanced and aware of taking care of myself because it can easily be neglected when taking care of others. But not gonna lie, this can be kinda tricky. That’s my chosen career- taking care of others- and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It brings me immense joy to walk through life with other people, being able to be a part of their journey. It fuels and feeds my soul. But the serious reality is, it can be easy to neglect ourselves when we are taking care of others. Unfortunately therapists aren’t somehow magically immune to this.
I think I could definitely stand to pay more attention to this. Mostly because, if I don’t, I will inevitably burn out and not be able to take good care of anyone- myself or anyone else. It can be challenging not to see this as being a little selfish. Putting myself “first” has never been something I’ve been good at- or comfortable with. It feels a little anti social work cringy. But, like I’ve told so many people that I counsel, I have to remember that it’s not selfish to take care of yourself, and taking care of yourself doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of others at the same time. It’s not so all or none. I don’t necessarily have to “put myself first,” I just need to try to pay attention to putting myself in the mix.