Take a Hint

One could easily say that my life is fairly hectic. I work full time at a psychiatric hospital, I teach at a local university, I have a fledgling private practice, and I am very involved in my spiritual community. When I am not doing these things, I am working in the garden or studio, spending time with friends, and trying to relax. And in my “spare” time, I think about going back to school and writing a book. Now don’t get me wrong, I am hardly complaining. In fact, I feel pretty blessed by all of the opportunities that come my way. But let me tell you about the flip side and the perennial challenge of therapist self-care.

As I write this, I am laying on an ice pack and waiting for my chiropractic appointment. Holding onto stress has literally frozen my back into place. It’s pretty frustrating knowing that I have unwittingly done this to myself. Rather than beating myself up about it, I am going to take this as a not so subtle wake up call to do a better job of tending to myself. I am going to slow down a bit and take more time for myself. I have to heed the warning that my body is sending to me.  I overdo it on a regular basis. I take great pride in “getting it all done.” But at what price? A frozen back is the price this time, I don’t want to find any other dues to pay.

I need to practice more of what I preach about self-care. I do a lot to take care of myself, but clearly I am holding the daily stressors at a far deeper level. I need to give serious thought to how best to care for myself so that I am in optimum physical, emotional and spiritual health. I owe it to my clients, my students, my co-workers, my friends and family-but most importantly, I owe it to myself.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Danton
    May 22, 2012 @ 06:04:59

    Jenny, I hear you. Even being married to a chiropractor doesn’t equate to self-care. For me, it requires an almost ruthless intention toward getting into balance. And, I hear the same, all the time, from my tx colleagues. Balance is an ongoing riddle with an elusive code. I hear making art helps 🙂 Best, Susan


  2. Jen D-K
    May 23, 2012 @ 16:07:01

    I’m sorry that real pain is the catalyst, but I’m so happy that the solution is more Jenny-love!



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