Mid-Week Balance: 30 November 2011

Every helping professional I know occasionally struggles with practicing what we preach.  We get so invested in our commitments to others–and the fulfillment we derive from meeting those needs–that we forget to attend to our own self-care.  So, this week, I’m challenging myself to walk the talk.  There’s a lot on my plate, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to do a good Mid-Week Balance collection.  So, I’m serving up an archive selection of posts on self-care.  This way, I can know that I shared something (and since some of these posts are over a year old, it may be something new).  I can also make sure that I’m not overextended.  I hope that something here feels helpful.

Self-Care 101: Pausing–Sometimes the best gift that we can give ourselves is the permission to step out of the demands and flow of our lives for a moment.

Self-Care 101: Centering–What are the activities or choices in self-talk that remind you of your core values, that calm and ground you?

Self-Care 101: Dr. Seuss on Dealing with Challenge–I am a huge Dr. Suess fan.  I’ve heard him referred to as one of the great philosophers of the twentieth century.  I know that I draw a lot of wisdom & inspiration from his writing.  This post was inspired by the book I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew,  which explores the many struggles faced by the narrator in his/her attempts to avoid trouble.

Self-Care 101: Dr. Suess on Healthy Boundaries–Here’s another Seuss-inspired self-care post.  I think that healthy boundaries are a challenge for many of us, and I appreciate this humorous reminder that if we can’t care for ourselves, we become unable to care for others.

Self-Care 101: Addressing Self-Talk–Another challenge that many people face is the voice of their harsh inner critic.  This post explores the beginnings of how we might (kindly & gently) alter our negative self-talk.

Self-Care 101: Regaining Traction–As the title implies, this is a post that explores how we pick ourselves back up after life knocks us down.

How about your favorite self-care strategies? Please feel free to share them in the comments.


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