Giving Back to Self
Over coffee a new friend, who is just one month younger than me, was talking about working fewer days.
Like so many of us she clearly felt a bit uncomfortable about publicly saying that she would not be working and went on to say that she was thinking of doing some volunteer work to give back something.
I am not sure where it came from but I looked at her and spontaneously remarked that what she could be thinking of doing with this time was actually giving back to herself.
My friend was overwhelmed by the notion and close to tears as she cautiously considered this possibility.
Our society admires those who give back to society in some way but is not so quick to acknowledge the need to give to ourselves. Many people are afraid that if they put their needs first, they’ll actually become narcissistic and will be tagged as a member of the ‘me society’.
Perish the thought of being self aware.
When I checked online there was remarkably little about self care. I did find a few things.
- Daily Om
- First Ourselves – Sweet Surrender
- 101 Artist’s Date Ideas
- Carers Guide – Queensland, Australia
- Soul Food Cafe promotes caring for creative self
Perhaps you have some thoughts on responsibility fatigue or can suggest the properties that should be in the forrmula provided to those who feel decidedly depleted.