They always say that doctors make the worst patients, and I very much believe that.
As a professional helper, I’ve noticed that it’s harder to accept help from others than it is to give it. I spend my day problem solving for others, and I’m very good at it. That means I should be able to solve my own problems, right?
It sounds good to say that. I sometimes tell people that being able to accept the help of others is a strength, and I believe that. So why is it so difficult to as for help when I’m the one who needs it?
as I’ve said many times before, I don’t pretend to have answers, just good questions.
One of the most important things I know about helping others is that I np can’t properly help others unless I’m healthy… Mentally, physically, spiritually. Many people seem to believe that “selfish” and “self-care” are synonymous… They’re not!
Selfish is acting without care or concern for how it affects others. Self-care is taking care of oneself. Self-care is important because I can’t allow others to depend on me if I’m not healthy enough to care for them. If I don’t practice self-care every day, I can become irritable, overwhelmed, physically sick, tired, forgetful, and lose empathy for others.
Practicing self-care doesn’t have to take long. I just try to make sure I eat right, sleep somewhere in the neighborhood of enough, read, write, play with my dogs, and regularly review what’s going well in my life.
And every once in awhile, I try to ask for help if I need it.