In the helping professions we are just as guilty of putting ourselves last as the people we are aiming to help. “You can’t pour from an empty cup” is a phrase I use often with my Supervisee’s, followed by “How’s your self-care at the moment?”.
When we give out to others, we have to make sure we have enough fuel left in the tank for ourselves. We can’t give out to others what we don’t have in reserve for us, if we do, we risk burning out. If you’re working particularly hard then your self-care needs to expand with this, and keep reviewing it. Is that coffee and cake after on the weekends still feeling like enough to help you get through another week? Or do you need to take yourself away into nature for the weekend to recharge? Whether you’re a therapist, a yoga teacher, or a parent, make sure you’re making space for yourself whilst holding space for others.