September 15, 2020
I’m sure you already know self-care is important for your health, but self care also propels your success in achieving your dreams, goals, and outcomes at work.
Like the starter motor in a car, we all need to care for ourselves to get success moving and keep it in momentum.
I just read an article by Roberta Kwok at Kellogg insight about cities as they develop and the typical pattern of how industries grow as the city advances.
There’s a pattern of growth as the city becomes more successful.
Smaller cities start with services relying on manual labor and then eventually expand to cognitive work. She explains this is because the workers in cognitive jobs need basic services for their personal and career work to thrive.
For example a micro engineer needs a home, groceries, a car, and food outlets to allow them to innovate.
So when basic needs are met, these feed the more advanced work and innovation that makes the city rich and full.
This works the same way for the success of your advanced work and creativity.
When you start with the basics for your health and wellbeing, these basics support the actualization of your dreams, relationships, goals, and creative projects that add meaning to your life.
Caring for yourself is necessary, especially when you work in a career based in helping others such as Health and Medicine.
Self care comes up so much in conversations about health, it sounds obvious and easy, but in our routines it’s hard to do.
Think about your average week:
We don’t have much time for what we think of as a relaxing extra.
Authors of the research article I look at this week state:
In health institutions, professionals care for patients, worry about their rehabilitation, strive to prevent their patients’ health problems and to ensure safety, but paradoxically present a disregard and neglect toward their own health (2)
The authors of this paper looked at women in health care professions. This is what you and I do… we care for other people at work and at home and we need to take care of ourselves to do this.
Health care is rewarding but we’re prone to burnout and stress due to:
Your career tasks are important but so are you:
I understand this dilemma because your work and family are important to you and you want to do these well, but when your energy is low and your mood suffers it’s hard to stay motivated and energetic.
There is a way to put others at the centre and at the same time for you to be happy and successful in your dreams, goals and work.
First you provide the foundation supplies which allow the more advanced achievements in your personal and work life to take shape. In a new city we don’t have a hospital and tech companies before the food and sanitation as that would be a mess.
Much like a new city, you need your basics met before advancement happens, but sometimes it’s our minds that get in the way.
Caring for yourself is hard and we fall into one of three common mindsets (or all of them depending on the day we’re having):
I want to encourage you (and me) to shift our list around and become better carers of ourselves.
When you boost your self care, there are massive benefits to the success of your dreams, goals, and relationships.
The authors of the paper mentioned above state the effects of work stress including:
Women are particularly prone to problems related to occupational stress(2)
So when you take care of yourself you’ll reap benefits for yourself and your family such as
Like a lot of habits, the benefits you achieve then build new successful outcomes such as:
So how can you start good habits in your self care?
First I’m stating the obvious self care stuff we need, but we all know these things:
Now here are six less obvious self care skills to boost success in your dreams, goals and work:
Caring for yourself matters so you can reduce stress and improve your mindful attention to your best life.
Let’s make the decision the add to our self care skills so we can boost our success in our work, goals, dreams and relationships.
I’ve added my “self care checklist” worksheet below for you to download and work through the strategies I’ve listed above.
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Note: the above suggestions are not advice or intended to replace doctor’s advice or seeing a professional such a psychologist or counselor for advice.
Leão ER, Dal Fabbro DR, Oliveira RBd, Santos IRd, Victor EdS, et al. (2017) Stress, self-esteem and well-being among female health professionals: A randomized clinical trial on the impact of a self-care intervention mediated by the senses. PLOS ONE 12(2): e0172455. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172455
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