Regarding the Importance of Self-Care
Whether you’re a CEO of a major corporation, an underappreciated bagger at a grocery store, an exhausted therapist, a drained stay-at-home parent, a misunderstood or even highly in demand artist, or just a dude named Dave, self-care is an absolute necessity.
When Sophie invited me to be a part of her blog as a contributor, I accepted immediately and without hesitation. And then immediately back-pedaled and decided I had nothing to write about and thus nothing to contribute. Sophie, being the creative minded person that she is responded by throwing out about 15 suggestions of topics. The suggestion about self-care screamed through my screen at me, radiant, like a beacon calling a ship home, I knew this was mine. I’ll preach self-care to anyone who bothers to talk to me more than twice a year.
Burnout is real and it has the ability to affect anyone and everyone. Currently, I work 2 jobs, and am in the midst of attempting to build my own business born out of a self-care project I started (cat toys). This brings my total to between 2 and three jobs, and depending on the day I may end up working all three. Burnout is basically what it sounds like, when you’ve exhausted yourself completely, emptied your cup, or tank, or whatever metaphor you use for your energy and tolerance of your job and others. Self-care is that time you set aside to refill and replenish yourself. When you push aside the “Oh golly I should…I need to…I could just…” thoughts and instead take a step back for you and your health.
This practice looks different for everyone. Recently for me this looked like adopting Amelia, a senior citizen cat, which evolved into making her toys, and later into a business. Placing cat toys firmly in the “work” category and out of the “self-care” category. That put me down one self-care tactic and needing to find something to fill that gap. So, here I am; I’m on the hunt for a new skill and a new way to refill my tank.
Welcome to my newest adventure as I try out new ways to engage in self-care, by trying out new tactics, tried-and-true’s, and make a lot of mistakes. Some of these attempts aren’t going to be for you, hell, I imagine there will be many not for me either. That’s okay. We’re human, not perfect, but we still deserve to refill our tanks.
Until next time, take care of yourselves!
Kat & Amelia