Elise I. Antoine
Are you taking care of yourself before you help others? #takecareofyourself
Self-care should be a priority especially when you are in a field of helping others. Often you are the go-to person when dealing with others but are you making sure you are okay first?
Here are 6 tips to make sure you practice self-care while serving others.
1. It's a two way street- Are you that strong friend that loves to make sure your friends are good? There is nothing wrong with being that “strong friend” as long as you allow your friends to be there for you! In reality your “true” friend(s) want to be there for you and will create time where you can be your raw self.
2. Build a tribe you can rely on- Do you have a tribe? If not...start thinking about it. It's a great opportunity to create one. There are friends we choose who are family and then they enter into your tribe zone. We all need an accountability partner in crime.
3. Renew your boundaries contract- Set healthy boundaries, know your limit and remove toxicity that is clogging up your life. Get in a habit of assessing your boundary contract with people to make sure you are protecting your personal space.
4. Do not procrastinate with your documentation/projects- You can easily keep pushing back the deadline for your paperwork then have them pile up. Schedule time in your calendar for paperwork and practice being consistent. If you are having trouble with being consistent then call someone from your tribe to keep you accountable.
5. Invest in yourself- It is therapeutic to see a therapist, hire a business coach, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, get an assistant or intern. The point is if you need help there is nothing wrong with investing in one. Even if you have to hire someone to help you clean...it's okay because your mind will thank you.
6. Sleep Hygiene- Please add this to your to-do-list! Many struggle in this area because we do not practice creating a healthy bedtime routine. 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep (7 hours per day) according to the Center of Disease and Control Prevention (CDC). Start off with turning off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Be mindful of what you eat and drink before bed (I would skip the night coffee and eating heavy food). Manage your worries by writing them down on a list and focus on it tomorrow. Getting more sleep will make you happier and will greatly impact your overall health.
Remember if you are not okay then you will not be able to give your best so #takecareofyourself!