Many of us want to help others.

Our nature is to care for people.

Whether it is our family, friends, or neighbors.

Yet often there is one person we often forget about.

The most important person of all.

For those who are so focused on being a caretaker, we often forget about ourselves.

About our own needs.

And what it takes to recharge our own batteries.

Sometimes we end up in the role of caretaker not because we want to but because we have to.

Perhaps we have a child with challenges.

Or aging parents who require us to devote more time to their well being.

It does not have to be that it is our profession, yet we can find ourselves in that role regardless.

Once those responsibilities fall on our shoulders, it can be hard for us.

It can drain us.

Without a good support system in place for ourselves, we can feel trapped or stuck.

And this is precisely the time we need to take care of ourselves.

The act of self-care is not a selfish act.

It is the recognition that we need to fill up our own cup in order to be able to help others.

The others could be anyone.

Even our clients or business associates.

There are demands on us every single day.

Yet most of the time we just shoulder the responsibility and keep going without a thought for what we need to keep going.

When this happens, we will eventually have a break down.

We will work until we drop and then we are forced to take time for ourselves.

Either by choice or by circumstance.

For when we do not take the time to take care of ourselves, we could experience a break down physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Rather than waiting for sometime beyond our control to happen that takes us out of the situation, it is far better to find a way to practice self-care when we are in the midst of all that is happening.

To find our own calm in the eye of chaos.

Even if it just a few minutes to relax and breathe.

Or catch a quick nap when we feel tired.

Perhaps even take a short walk outside to get a break from the pressure of the situation.

Every situation is different, and every situation has a solution.

We just need to learn into it to find it for ourselves.

It might be a hard truth to face, but no one can practice self-care for us.

The act of taking take of our own needs is truly up to us.

And life will support us in finding a way to do that.

Our job is to lean in that direction.

To at least consider what can we do to fill up our cup?

When we put our energy in that direction, the solution will come to us.

Once it does, it is up to us to act on it.

For ultimately only we can take care of ourselves.

So what can you do to practice more self-care in your life?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour