Health Professional Self Care - Do You Practise What You Preach?
We live in a culture that has confused self care with being selfish. Self care is something we tend to try and fit in only after we’ve fulfilled all our other duties, obligations and responsibilities. This presentation invites participants to think of self care differently: as something that needs to come first – at the top of our to-do list – because it enables us to fulfil all our other duties, obligations and responsibilities much more effectively and with more joy.
How can self care be selfish when it allows us to give more?
Is it selfish to service our car? We would think it irresponsible not to. Why don’t we take the same approach with our bodies?
This is easy to grasp intellectually yet self care is often tinged with guilt. Research has found that we feel guilty when we take time out for ourselves because there is always something else we ‘should’ be doing. At the same time, we feel guilty when we don’t look after ourselves because we should be looking after ourselves! It seems that no matter what we do or don’t do, we feel guilty. So we may as well look after ourselves!
Learning outcomes & key take-aways
- What does self care mean to each of us as an individual?
- How can self care create time rather than encroach on our time?
- Why a to-don’t list is just as important as a to-do list.
- How to accept self care as a natural and integral part of life.
- The small things that make a big difference.
- The big things that make a big difference.
- How to be an inspiring role model for everyone around us at work and at home.