24 Feb The Gift of Giving
We so often hear the term “self-care.” They say that self-care is one of the keys to avoiding burnout, but, what is self-care? Do I need to start having my nails done? Do I need to sit cross legged on the floor while saying “ohm”? Not necessarily. Self-care can take many forms. It’s all about what makes you feel less… well, exhausted, disengaged, apathetic for starters. It can vary from care directed towards one’s self to care directed towards others. In Emily and Amelia Nagoski’s book Burnout they discuss “leaning on” rather than “leaning in” as a way to highlight the importance of taking care of each other as a way of self-care. They feel that wellness cannot be a goal or a destination or a state of being. Perhaps in addition to being kind and caring to ourselves, another way we can engage in self –care is to give to others. The science of giving as a path to happiness is well established.
Book reference: Burnout By EMILY NAGOSKI, PHD and AMELIA NAGOSKI, DMA