Professional Nurturers Need Nurturing Too



E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2014

It’s that time of year to honor family nurturers, but remember that professional nurturers need nurturing too. Listening to people’s problems all day and being responsible for taking care of them 24/7 takes its toll. You can become exhausted and depleted by the work that you do, so make sure you take care of yourself too!

  • Leave Work at Work

Though it’s not always possible to keep work at the office, do your best to try. Finish scoring tests and writing reports while you’re at work. Complete administrative tasks. And follow up on all contacts before you leave for the day. It can be tempting to want to handle these tasks in the relaxed atmosphere and comfort of your home. But just as you manage the boundaries of treatment, make your home a work-free zone as much as you can. You need the mental separation and space from the work you do. And physically, you need time to rest and restore. You will have to respond to emergencies from time to time, but get risk management consultation to implement the crisis management procedure that best fits your practice and needs for some semblance of a personal life.

  • Enjoy Life at Home

Once you free your home life in order to have a life at home, enjoy it! Spend time with your family. Get together with friends. Probably even more importantly, get out of your head. Pursue hobbies and interests outside of the clinical field that enable you to tap other senses and skills. Many clinicians enjoy physical activities and creative arts. Others cherish the time to rest. With a busy practice, you won’t have a lot of free time, but you can make sure to enjoy the time you have. And if you’re not able to do this, take your own advice and seek professional help yourself.

  • Seek the Support of Colleagues

Take advantage of a great source of support and nurturance: your colleagues. Make a point to attend professional association meetings and to participate in social activities. In addition to shoring up your professional confidence by validating you and affirming best practices, your peers understand the constraints you work under every day so can provide like-minded empathy and caring. But enjoy business and social fun with others outside the field too. You are likely to feel refreshed by their different perspectives, interests, and humor, and may even make some new friends. It’s extremely easy to become socially isolated in private practice, so take care to spend time with others.

The business of nurturing is a rewarding one, but is typically emotionally exhausting and draining. Be sure to get nurturing yourself so that you stay refreshed and rejuvenated in your work and in your personal life.

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About the Author:

Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,

The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
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E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
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