Self Care for Professional Caregivers
Journey with Deanna Podcast. Self care is more than a bubble bath. We talk with Elena Lipson, Self Care Mentor, about the concept, especially for end of life workers in hospice, death doulas, therapists, healthcare workers.
But isn't there the "proof" that all is well (even when we don't) as many of us have worked on an empty tank and everything turned out ok, right? Or did it?
What are we measuring in this determination of 'how much we can get away with' in our self care routines? If we are measuring the outcome of the people we served that day, I don't think that is the stick to use.
In our work, it is the accumulation of our daily output of energy, love, care and expertise over time and how we are over time that should be the measurement. Over a 6 month period, how are we doing? Its the daily walk, seeing the strength build from our self care over time or seeing us unravel that tells the real story.
We are used to quick fixes and band aids and measuring our results sometimes by grand moments of success or failure. But sometimes (and this is one of those times) 'success' as far as our care for our selves should be measured over time. The proof is in our sense of well being, day after day. We know when we are off track.
My hope is that listening to this podcast with Elena, who devotes her life to this topic, will motivate you to take even better care of yourself than you already are, perhaps help you 'get back on the wagon' if you've fallen off.
Tune In here to our Self Care podcast: http://www.qualityoflifecare.com/
Our Guest: Elena Lipson. Self-Care Mentor. website: www.elenalipson.com
QLC is a pioneer in the end of life doula movement, empowering families and doulas, midwives and caregivers since 2005. Learn more about our End of Life Doula Training and Certification Program here: www.qualityoflifecare.com