Healers are an essential part of our communities. They hold wisdom and knowledge that helps us reconnect with one another. With such a large task, it’s common for healers to become exhausted by their practice. In order to stay grounded and take care of oneself, it’s important for healers to find self-care practices that leave them feeling rested and rejuvenated. One of the first things to fall by the wayside when caring for others is our nutrition. It’s important for healers to take the time to listen to their bodies, so that they can nourish themselves while caring for others. A diet that is full of vegetables and whole grains can help healers avoid the effects of chronic stress. If you are a busy healer, then chances are you’ll want to have a self-care plan in place before you feel burnt out. If you are already feeling burnt out, then you may want to take a self-care assessment, which looks at the time you are setting aside to be with yourself. This includes anything from a walk on the beach to spending time with those you love. The best self-care plans help you tap into your authentic self and leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated.
Most of us choose to become healing professionals because we have a strong desire to help others. Many of us have also had our own personal experiences with illness, and with the help of good healthcare providers, we were able to get our lives back on track. Sometimes, though, we get so involved in helping others with their healing process that we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s extremely important to keep yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. The old adage that you should “put the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping others” is true for everyone, but especially for those who’ve chosen the path of a healer. If you become ill or experience burn out, you won’t be able to help anyone else, so practicing self-care will benefit both you and your clients. Good self-care practices include eating a healthy diet, exercise, quiet time for introspection, cultivating mindfulness, and meditation. Creating a good support system is also a must for every healer. Your health and wellness is just as important as your clients.
Most health-related innovation talks about the power of mindfulness, which might have you asking – What’s all that about? Unlike other health claims, mindfulness has been repeatedly shown across multiple studies to have a positive effect on your health, from less stress and anxiety to building positive coping skills. Most individuals are continually operating in an automatic state, which can be called a state of mindlessness. In order to break out of habitual ways of being, mindfulness can help us see where unhealthy behaviors are negatively impacting our lives. Numerous research studies have shown how the awake presence that is cultivated when practicing mindfulness results in self-regulation and overall well-being. In a study published in the American Psychological Association, researchers found improvements in clarity, attention, flexibility, and self-consciousness after study participants practiced mindfulness-based techniques. This study uncovered a correlation between mindfulness and well-being that helps prove the power of cultivating an awake presence.
People come to see us because they need our help with their healing process. They are usually experiencing suffering of some kind. They pay us, and in return, we provide compassion, support, and care. Our patients are not expected to respond in kind, so the normal give and take that we would experience in other relationships isn’t there. More often than not, it is energetically one sided.
Healers give all day long, and if you aren’t practicing good self-care, this can cause burn out. Another issue that can cause burnout is taking on emotional responsibility for your patients’ well-being. There is a fine balance between feeling compassion and becoming emotionally attached to an outcome. Read Facebook Status
A good healer brings expertise, experience, compassion, and commitment to the partnerships that they create with their patients. Sometimes we can fall into the trap of trying to be the “healed healer.” We want to be viewed as someone who has gone through the healing process, completed it, and now wants to share it with others. It’s important for us to remember that we are always a work in progress, and continuing to actively work on our personal growth is vitally important to our healing practice.
When we continue to learn and grow as individuals, it enhances our ability to help others. It creates more space for compassion, empathy, and understanding. The more we know about ourselves, the easier it is for us to honor where our patients are on their own unique journeys. We can bring new insights into our practice and keep a fresh perspective on the healing process. Read Facebook Status
When we choose the path of a healer, we create relationships with our patients and clients that are based on compassion and a mutual commitment to the healing process. Sometimes we will resonate with a patient so deeply, that our empathy crosses the line from loving support to ownership of their problems. We can become emotionally invested in their healing to the point that the mutual partnership that we intended to create becomes a one sided attempt on the healers part to “fix” whatever we believe might be broken.
Creating healthy boundaries with patients is important for both the patient and the provider. Patients can become less inclined to be active participants in their healing process, and more dependent on the healer when good boundaries aren’t in place. When a patient attempts to give their power to you by saying “Please fix me,” hand it right back to them. While you are an integral part of their healing process, they are ultimately responsible for making the changes necessary to have a healthy and well balanced life. Read Facebook Status
Healthcare providers have an obligation to give the best care possible to their patients. They strive for perfection because they feel that anything less could result in a misdiagnosis, and could sometimes even be fatal for their patients. However, the need for perfection can cause an enormous amount of pressure and stress on the provider, which in the long run, can have a negative impact on the care that they provide.
We are human, which makes us imperfect. There will be times when we make a judgment call that can negatively impact our patients’ well-being. The more stress we put on ourselves to be perfect, the more likely we are to make a mistake. When we do make an error, or things don’t happen the way we want them to, we can embrace the experience as a learning opportunity. If we also recognize that things always happen exactly the way that they were meant to happen, we can lighten up on ourselves.
Recognize that we are perfectly imperfect. Practice mindfulness and be as compassionate toward yourself as you are to your patients. Read Facebook Status