Life Balance for Those in a Helping Profession (1/6)

Is it possible to maintain life balance and be in a helping profession like counseling, ministry, healthcare, or public service?

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It is not only possible to maintain life balance while working in a helping profession; it is critical!

I think of it like putting on your oxygen mask while flying.

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These days, when I fly, I usually have a tiny sidekick on my lap.

Every time, the flight attendants reminds all of us in the cabin, “In case of an emergency, oxygen masks will fall.  Secure your own mask before securing the masks of others.”

To be honest with you.  I don’t really like these instructions.  They go against my design to nurture and protect my baby.  I want to help my baby first.  The three seconds it will take me to secure my own mask instead of hers may be unbearable!

Nonetheless, this reminder is repeated on every flight across the world because it is so important.  The truth is that if I don’t secure my oxygen mask first, I may disqualify myself from being able to help those depending on me.

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The same is true for pastors, counselors, parents of young children, adult children of aging parents, health workers, executives, and helping leaders of any kind.

If you on a daily basis serve and lead others, you must put on your oxygen mask first.  You can do this by nurturing life balance to prevent burnout.

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If you do not, you may keep yourself from being able to help others in their time of greatest need.

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In this series, we will address some ways that you can “put on your oxygen mask” by protecting your health, your time, your energy, and your focus.

We do this to empower ourselves to serve others better.

Have you had seasons in which you did not put on your oxygen mask before taking care of others.  What happened?

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time
Tweetable Blog Highlights:
Is it possible to maintain life balance and be in a helping profession? Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
Secure your own mask before securing the masks of others. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
If I don’t secure my oxygen mask first, I may disqualify myself from being able to help those depending on me.
Nurture your life balance to prevent burnout. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA
If you on a daily basis serve and lead others, you must put on your oxygen mask first. Read more: http://ow.ly/9OJ430jHvYA

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