We must be the change we wish to see.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Are you guilty of neglecting your personal self-care? If so, you are not alone. Recently, I was completing my continuing education requirements for my upcoming license renewal in March. One course I took, Setting Ethical Limits: For Caring and Competent Processionals, really hit home for me.

I recognized I was caring too much—at a substantial cost.

Now I’m sure you’re reading this thinking, Hey wait a minute, aren’t you the professional who makes the patient okay? How dare you say caring too much comes at a substantial cost! Well, sometimes it does. We all (you too!) need to set some parameters around how much of ourselves we are giving and how much we are replenishing our own personal needs. It’s a tricky balancing act to be sure, but it is a must if you want to be in a suitable space all around.

Before you get too annoyed with me, hear me out. Anyone, including you, can over care for another ignoring personal self-care. Yes, we should be non-judging of others. And yes, empathy goes a long way, but for you—and for me—there needs to be a sacred space for re-energizing.

So let me turn it over to you. How is your sacred space these days? Are you taking on others “stuff” to the point of obstructing your own health? If so, there is a cost to caring for others when you ignore your own personal needs.

When Something is Just Not Right

Are you stressed? When I read in the course that stress tells you that something is not right, it got my attention. I pressed on in my studies to read that stress is “like the ‘check engine’ light on your car’s dashboard, which, if ignored, can lead to major engine malfunction.”

Wow, when I read this I thought, Hmmm, I think my engine light is on and unchecked.What about yours? Is your engine light on and unchecked?

It’s funny because the other day I was halfway home from the west coast of Florida to the east coast when my car notified me that my auxiliary battery needed attention. Auxiliary battery! What the heck is that? I did not know what that meant. I had no idea that I had two batteries. The very next day we dropped the car off to the mechanic who informed me if left without replacing the battery I was at risk of my batteries (both) stopping immediately. Now that got my attention.

Auxiliary batteries function in tandem with your primary starting battery and serve as a backup in the event that the main battery fails. It keeps your radio, GPS, and other in-vehicle electrical components powered on by preventing your vehicle’s electrical components from dropping while starting/stopping your engine.

Is Your Warning Light On?

Is your dashboard light on in your body? Are you ignoring the warning signs? Sometimes in our busyness we pay less attention to our needs. Take a pause and check in with yourself. You’ll be happy you did. When ignored, it can morph into something bigger than you want to deal with. But, if you take care early you can avoid a whole lot of problems, just like you would with your car warnings. 

If you are neglecting your self-care and feeling irritated with the slightest annoyances, maybe that’s a sign that self-care needs to be bumped up a notch. How?

                   Self-Care Goes A Long Way!


I say go back to basics, such as…

  • Take a break: Stop working and stop anything requiring your time for a spell.
  • Sleep: I don’t mean sleep like depression sleep where you don’t get off the couch or out of bed, but I do mean make sure you are going to bed early and get a good amount of sleep.
  • Have fun: Do something fun like watch a funny movie or call a good friend, or read an engaging light book.
  • Get away: Go on a staycation or a weekend getaway, just to get away.
  • Boundaries: Set boundaries from your work and your private life.
  • Listen: Listen to your body cues: If you have headaches, muscle aches, upset stomach, loss of appetite or maybe eating too much, little patience, or knee-jerk reactions to simple situations, it means something isn’t quite right. Listen and take a pause to nurture yourself.
  • Laugh: A giggle can go a long way. Laughter releases feel-good hormones, which is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict.
  • Get help: If the problem persists, get some professional help. Just talking to someone and expressing what’s going on will do you a world of good.
  • Go Outside: When was the last time you frolicked in the grass, or made an angel in the snow, or climbed a tree? It’s time to connect to nature, one of the fastest ways to restore your battery. 

No matter who you are, or what you do, you need space from your work. Everyone needs to hit the pause button to regroup and you—nor I—are an exception to the rule.

I’m always grateful for the continuing education every few years as it reminds me often of my self-care and needs. Self-awareness is good for all, especially during these trying times post pandemic, that keeps on giving…and doesn’t seem to want to go away. Perhaps we’ll turn the corner soon, but in the meantime, take care of YOU! And of course, I will take care of ME.

Do you have burnout? Are you finding your patience are wearing thin? What do you do to replenish your energy? If you don’t think burnout is real, I’d love to hear from you too…

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Thank you for spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to Release Your obsession with Your PHONE. God bless you and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum of this blog. If you have something you’d like to say, I’d love to hear it. YOU are important and your words need to be heard. I’m here for you.

Stay tuned. You never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa
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