As we head into the weekend, what's on your agenda for self-care and rejuvenation? Some time with a good book? A movie or dinner with friends? A walk among the trees? A steamy bath? A hobby? A meditation? Perhaps all of the above?
Or are you headed into an office, unable to turn off, or turn away from, the 24/7 demands of work?
Symptoms of burnout include emotional exhaustion and depersonalization--we lose our enthusiasm for our work, and begin to view and treat others as objects. Burnout can also have physical symptoms, like headaches and memory lapses.
Simple self-care--small acts of kindness toward ourselves that make each day a little different, and a little bit better--goes a long way toward preventing burnout and rekindling our passion for life.
Many of us were taught that putting ourselves first is selfish. But appreciating and caring for ourselves, is the only way that we can truly care for and be useful to others, in our personal or our professional lives.
Practice extreme self-care by making that extra effort to put yourself first once each day. While daily self-care may seem to border on revolutionary for many, extreme work calls for extreme self-care.
How do you practice extreme self-care? Please share your thoughts here. You never know whose life you may change--maybe even your own.