For people that give, it can be hard to receive, even from yourself. If you’re like many funeral directors, serving families that have lost loved ones is a big responsibility to you and at times you go overboard and forget that you need to be taken care of as well. To keep a positive attitude, here are three easy ways you can take time for yourself.
You are not an army of one sent to take on a family’s funeral arrangements on your own. The people you work with are capable of doing some of the tasks that don’t need your immediate attention. Having others give you a little help frees up your time so that you can care for yourself. There is no need for your to personally answer every call, complete all paperwork, or schedule meetings. All of these tasks can be completed by someone else, giving you a little free time throughout your day.
People from all walks of life find it important to unplug every once in a while to recharge and get a break from their normal routines.
Many funeral directors are constantly connected to the funeral home, whether via phone, online or another outlet. By putting away the phone, closing down the computer and disconnecting from work, you can easily carve out some time to take care of yourself.
This may seem like a far-fetched option, but exercising releases endorphins, which make you feel good. Taking a brisk walk at lunch, doing squats in your office or otherwise engaging in some physical activity is a great way to get some time to yourself, recharge your energy levels, and make you feel good.
You are doing something that is good for your physical health as well as emotional and mental.
Funeral directors for years have put the needs of others before their own. If you fall into this category, don’t let your needs get put on the back burner. By taking time for yourself, you can help others even better because you’ll be better able to cope mentally with whatever families may bring you. Getting time for yourself can be as easy as delegating tasks to others, unplugging from everything work related, and getting a little exercise. These are just three options of many for figuring out how to take time out to care for your own needs.