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Care-giver Burnout

Women's Health Month

During the month of October, we are celebrating Women’s Health Month.  In addition to our Healthy Lifestyle™ program, we have extra sessions focused on breast cancer, menopause, body image and other topics related to women’s health.  Each Monday, H3 Daily will have a featured Women’s Health post covering one of the mentioned topics. 

Are you so busy taking care of others that you don’t have enough time and energy left to take care of yourself?  If so, it’s time to move yourself higher up your own priority list.  A recent H3 guest mentioned this well-known verse:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  She pointed out that we often forget what that really means.  You’re supposed to treat other people as well as you treat yourself.  However, many women wouldn’t dream of treating other people as poorly as they treat themselves.  If this is true for you, you deserve better!  You deserve to take time to eat healthfully, exercise regularly, relax, and do things you enjoy. 

“But it would be selfish to focus on myself.”  Think about what happens when you don’t take care of yourself.  You may wind up gaining weight, getting sick, feeling resentful, being miserable, and burning out.  If you don’t take care of yourself, eventually you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.  Remember the flight attendant’s words of wisdom:  “In the event of loss of cabin pressure, put your own oxygen mask on first, then assist others.”  Remind yourself that it is not only ok to take care of yourself—it is essential.  Instead of thinking of your actions as selfish, try to think in terms of “self-care” or “self-preservation.”  During Women’s Health month, put your own mask on first!

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