There it is ….the ‘to do’ list possibly a constant feature on your desk or fridge; some people make fresh lists daily or weekly. Seems to be the required thing ‘to do’, to constantly remind yourself of all those tasks that want a piece of your time.
Just stop for a moment…when was the last time you put off a doctor’s appointment or a dental appointment because it didn’t ‘fit in’ with work? When was the last time you prioritised a job above your physical or mental health?
If the answer to that is ‘all the time’ then perhaps ask yourself this question:
If you had a machine in your kitchen that churned out your monthly salary, how would you treat it?
Chances are, you’d bloody well look after it! You’d check it was running ok and you’d make sure no one tampered with it. If it broke down you’d make it a priority right? Now I know you know what I’m pointing at here – you know because you’re a professional and you know a thing or two about how to live your life. The thing is, self-care is a professional job , I would argue that it is the most important aspect of living and working in the fast paced, high stress 21st Century that we live in!
Here are the top 3 reasons to make sure that Self Care goes to the top of your to do list:
- Listen to your body. You’d be cross if you turned up to a meeting where people ignored you or disrespected your points of view. Why would you ignore your body sending similar signals? From headaches to rashes or mysterious ‘food intolerance’ they’re all signs from your body that you need to pay attention.
- Make your personal time non- negotiable! Have your diary open on a Sunday evening and plan your time in the week where you will take time for yourself – make it a no go area for any other job – ring fence it, highlight it, mark it down in ink, it’s a meeting with your self- care.
- Turn off your attachment to work stuff. No more responding to e-mails at 10 pm at night! What is THAT really about? If you feel you are always on the beck and call of your lap top or email it’s time to turn it off and do something less boring instead!
It’s time to get professional about your self- care – make that appointment and take the time you need to pay those symptoms some attention: your body is specifically engineered to supply you with an early warning sign, ignoring it is not helpful or professional; when Self Care becomes a ‘must do’ other areas of our lives improve; putting our health and wellbeing first is showing true regard for our state of being .
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