Resolve to Take Care of Yourself!
”In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama
I hope that the holiday break offered you some well-deserved rest and relaxation. As you move into 2014, please take note of the words above. You work in a challenging field, with constant demands and problem solving. Many who work for you will be stressed and frustrated during the course of the year, and they will come to you for advice or support. When they do, it is important that you, yourself, are in a relaxed and positive frame of mind. In order for you to remain in a healthy state, physically and psychologically, you must care for yourself.
It is easy to neglect oneself, especially as a leader in a 'helping profession'. However, investing in yourself will pay dividends over time. Exercise will give you more energy and reduce stress. Hobbies will offer you the mental breaks and enjoyment you need. Time to laugh with friends and family will help you keep challenges in perspective. Keeping balance in your life will help you perform optimally at work, and will allow you to encourage others to do the same. We all have difficult jobs. If you take time to recharge your batteries, especially before they are entirely depleted, you will have much more 'calm energy' to support others who also struggle with the daily demands of their positions. Don't wait until you are at the breaking point to take time out to restore yourself.
Be proactive in your self-care, and you'll have a happier and healthier 2014.