Most people who work in healthcare hold high value in being of service to others. You chose a helping profession because you want to help. You chose a healing profession because, when possible, you want to help others to heal—but this has both benefits and disadvantages.
It’s beneficial because of the care you are capable of providing to those in need at some of the most scary, vulnerable, painful moments in their lives. It can be a disadvantage when you overgive – when you abandon self-care because you are caring for others.
The underlying belief about survivorship care plans is that having a plan helps survivors create greater well-being. So, why wouldn’t the same be true for oncology healthcare professionals? What would be different for you and your fellow practitioners if you had your own plan for well-being built on a similar framework? What would that look like?
My years of experience coaching clients has taught me the following:
Human beings do better when they have a plan.
We succeed more often when we have clear goals, strategies, support, and accountability.
Small changes over time create the most sustainable changes.
The plan must always begin with a focus on transforming stress.
If a client can form a “bad” habit, they can just as easily form a “good” one.
What kind of plan do you currently have in place to ensure you are investing some time each week to maintain or increase your own well-being? Haven’t got one yet? Then let’s get you started with something simple:
What is one thing (a situation, relationship, task, or thought) that creates stress frequently for you? (Example: I consistently work far beyond my shift, I then feel angry with myself for putting my personal needs aside).
What is one action you can take this week to reduce that stress? (Example: I will commit to completing my shift on time at least one time more often than I typically do in a week).
How will you feel when you accomplish this goal? (Example: I will feel like I am taking better care of me so I can avoid burnout or being short on patience with others).
Which personal values will that honor? (Example: I can show up at my best for others, both at work and in my personal life, when I take care of myself).
How will you remember to take this action? (Example: schedule it in your calendar, work with an accountability partner).
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Feel free to share your plan below or come back in a week and share what changed for you by taking one single action toward reducing your stress.
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