My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Therapy Thoughts on Thursday

Finding the balance between work and play is a challenge, isn't it! In my profession (and I think it can be for any profession), we, at times, can feel like we can't say no and may feel some guilt that our life is going well. One thing I have loved to do in our office is help us come up with some supportive ways to help each other live by our RSI Self-care Motto. (they are adapted from Dr. Wolfelt's Self-Care Manifesto.) Here they are, what do you think?

*I deserve to lead a joyful, whole life.
*My WORK does not define me.
*I am not the only one who can help my clients.
*I will develop healthy eating, sleeping and exercise patterns.
*I must remember how to take care of myself (not get overinvolved in caregiving).
*I must maintain healthy boundaries in my helping relationships.
*I am not perfect and I must not expect myself to be.
*I must practice effective time-management skills.
*I must also practice setting limits and alleviating stress.
*I must listen to my inner voice.
*I should express the personal me in both my work and play.
*I am a spiritual being. I must spend alone time focusing on self-understanding and self-love. Cricket is sometimes referred to as the mascot in our office and an example to us of self-care!

Most of us have been in work environments that aren't supportive of the above. Its challenging and takes its toll on us physically and emotionally. It is a joy to be in an environment where we help and encourage each other to live by these self-care mottos.
I believe it helps us to be resilient and truly present with our clients.


Cabana's Puppy Raiser said...

Those are great guidelines for self-care. I have a tendency to feel I'm being self-ish, rather than seeing that doing something for myself is self-care. But we're no help to anyone in the long run if we haven't taken care of ourselves first. I might need to print that list out and put it on my bathroom mirror so I can read it often!

OSU 98 said...

So true...and it is such a challenge to stand up and live by those values in the workplace. I am very fortunate to work in a GREAT environment and it has gotten a lot easier to live those words...

Luv the picture of, WHAT NOW MOM? Don't you see I am basking in the sun?

Dan and Suzy said...

Very Nice Becky~