Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Time for self-care?

Are you one of the thousands of people who does a lot of care-giving? This is true of parents. It's true of the sandwich generation who cares for parents and children. And it's equally true for people who are by nature nurturers and always find someone to whom they can give time and attention.

This time of year can be a time of overwhelm. You can feel stretched very thin and just exhausted. Your compassion might have reached its limits. Don't feel guilty about that. It's normal.

Just remember that there's nothing wrong with self-care. In fact, it just makes sense. One cannot draw water from an empty well. Nor can we keep giving from a place inside that's gone dry and needs some refilling of its own.

Take time in this new year to deal with your own compassion fatigue. Take care of yourself. Not only will it increase your joy and happiness but you'll be far better able to give to others.

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