ON BEING COLUMN – Care for the Caregiver

Care For the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Compassion

Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Blog
Published May 28th, 2016

Boundaries and time for self-care are essential elements to feeling whole, healthy, and, ultimately, able to do good, sustainable work. That’s where self-compassion comes in. To be able to cultivate self-compassion and resilience, we need to recognize the elements of our spirits that have been changed by our work, so that we can see that aspect of ourselves and our efforts clearly. When we allow ourselves to feel fulfilled by this work, then we can turn toward our needs to create more boundaries, and take time for self-care. We aren’t collapsing into hopelessness, but rather accepting and acknowledging the challenging aspects of our work.

Sharon Salzberg

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