Giving too much of Ourselves
As a woman and a mother I have spent many hours in my life trying to help those around me. Women are good at service and so we often naturally do this without a thought. However, sometimes we get so engrained in the pattern of giving to others, servicing others, doing for others that we forget to put ourselves on the list of people we care for. And the real truth is that without putting on our own oxygen mask, doing our own self-care, we can’t really help anyone else. If you want to help those around you heal, then focus on doing your own self healing.
In your work towards self healing, you are modeling to those you love how to do it. And with your healing, others around you will heal. So focus on you. Put yourself first. Do the self care things you need: exercise, eat right, take time to relax, create time for you passions, and be all you can be.Tags: put your own oxygen mask on, putting time for you, self care
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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