Taking Care of Yourself BEFORE You Reach Burnout With Grant Anderson M.A. LMHC

Grant Anderson, MA, LMHC

Hi, My name is Grant Anderson. I’m a therapist with Crosswinds Counseling. I just wanted to share a little bit about the importance of taking care of ourselves, and I wanted to share a little bit with a story. This story actually comes from a man named Tim Elmore. It’s called the starving baker.

So there once was this baker who loved baking breads and pastries and cakes. He was constantly busy running around giving out all these breads and these pastries and people started to notice that this baker was skin and bones. He was a very skinny man. There was not much on him, and they wondered – you know with him being a baker – why was he so skinny. As they eventually got to know him, and understand what was going on, what they realized is something very important. And that is he was so busy serving others and giving others all the breads and the baking that he wasn’t actually feeding himself.

Now why is this story important when we talk about self-care? Because so often in our lives we do the same thing. We’re so busy with taking care of our kids, our families, our spouses, our work expectations, that we forget to take care of ourselves. We can become like that starving baker. If we’re not feeding ourselves, we can’t feed others.

So when you wake up in the morning and you are planning your day, and you’re thinking about all the different tasks and all the different responsibilities that you’ve got going on, try to think through:

  • How am I fitting in how I’m going to feed myself?
  • What am I going to do to take care of myself today
  • Am I going to go for a run? Am I going to read? Am I going to take a bath? Am I going to go talk with a good friend?
  • What am I actually doing today that’s going to help me be who I would like to be so that I can in turn then feed others?

My encouragement would be to take care of yourself, making sure that you are understanding your needs. Don’t be like that starving baker because if we forget to take care of ourselves eventually we will starve.

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