The most important role you play
Me-Caretaker is the most important role you play. Why? Because you’re the only person who can be trusted to do a good job, and because if you don’t look after yourself, none of the other things on the list will get done. So, Me-Caretaker is, unashamedly, up there as one of your top three. Your top three roles and responsibilities all tie for top place, by the way.
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What’s in a name?
You can rename this role if you prefer. Any name that sums up looking after yourself and organising your life is good. ‘My own cheerleader’ or ‘My own PA’ might work for you. Make sure it’s something that you like, not a name that grates on your every time you hear it.
Is the Me-Caretaker role selfish?
No. Firstly because taking care of yourself isn’t the same as grabbing everything for yourself with no thought for others. Secondly, remember what they say every time you get on the plane? In the event of loss of cabin pressure, don’t attempt to help others until your own oxygen mask is attached. The same concept applies, but not only to helping others, to life in general.
What does being a Me-Caretaker involve?
- Being a Me-Caretaker involves knowing how to take care of yourself. For example:
- You know when to avoid situations that you won’t like, and how to protect yourself, but you also know when to push yourself to be a bit brave this time.
- You know what foods you love and those that make you feel vital and alive.
- You know when to say enough and you’ve got boundaries in place.
- You know what treats to pamper yourself with when you need some TLC.
- Being a Me-Caretaker involves organisation and administration, or what you could call ‘life admin’. A Me-Caretaker has an overview of the various organisations and projects you’re involved in. A Me-Caretaker keeps the diary, knows who to call in an emergency. He or she knows how to turn the water off and where the fuse box lives, for instance.
- Being a Me-Caretaker means overseeing every other role and responsibility in your life, being kind to yourself while you’re doing it, and letting go of perfectionism.
What you can do about it:
Over a lunch or coffee break, or on the bus or train, take a few moments to write out the answers to these questions. You might surprise yourself.
- What are the three things your ‘Me-Caretaker’ needs to do their job properly? Whatever they are, can you try (in small ways) to fit these things into your day?
- What life admin does your ‘Me-Caretaker’ need to get done?
- What treats has your ‘Me-Caretaker’ got in store for you?
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