Sarah A. Silverman, M.S.
As an expansion of our June blog post, I’ve decided to keep with the very important theme of self-care. As graduate students, self-care sometimes goes out the window, and it’s important to pause at times, take a moment to reflect, and make sure we are taking care of the most important people in our lives: US!
I’ve always considered myself a healthy person. I was a dancer for 20 years and worked out on a regular basis. But then I started good ‘ole grad school. That’s when I swapped healthy food and daily workouts for constant stress and lack of sleep. It has been a constant battle through the years to try my best to exercise on a regular basis and eat healthy, but logging more than 15-hour days at school and work doesn’t leave much time for self-care activities. Ready for the irony? As a budding clinician, I always tell my patients to make time for their own self-care. Why is it so difficult to practice what we preach?
TODAY, I encourage each and every one of you, to try harder. It’s time to take care of us. Start with five minutes a day. Five minutes! As grad students and ECPs, we HAVE to make time for ourselves. No matter how busy you are (or you think you are), even if it means blocking off time in your planner, DO IT. Become a better version of yourself. Especially for all the likeminded students out there who swear it’s impossible to miss a day of work/class/practicum/etc., I promise you, your health is more important!