As I lay in bed thinking “WTF has gotten into me?” I realize I know exactly what has gotten into me!
I am sick in bed, have been here since Friday when I returned from my shift early, two days early in fact, I am NEVER sick. The little one had a cold so I presumed I got what little one had. I started feeling unwell on Wednesday but pushed through, then felt really bad on Thursday and by Friday morning I was at the doctor’s office.
Anyway, I don’t have what little one had I am burnt out and my body is telling me to look after it. I have been working too much and have also been studying as well as trying to have a life and I guess my body has said “Listen here you DUMMY, if you don’t stop I will make you stop!”
We don’t talk about Nanny burnout often enough, we don’t talk about how we as caregivers should look after ourselves, treat ourselves with respect, we don’t talk about how we should allow ourselves to heal, to rest and regenerate. As caregivers we often put the children’s feelings and needs before ours, we give all we have to help our Nanny Family and then are spent and have nothing more to give.
So, what are we going to do about it? I know I will be re visiting how I take care of myself, I know that I am going to try and change things around and I AM going to take time for ME.
Talking to Nanny Families about our own self care is not easy but it is a conversation that needs to take place, I read and hear about nannies who are burnt out all the time, I have been here before, it has happened to me and it will happen again, because I care, because we care. I know that as you are reading this, you are thinking, sure, talk is easy but until we do something about it we will continue to run into this issue.
I think that the first place to start is setting healthy boundaries, this is easier said than done especially if you are a live in Nanny. I will take this time to think about ways I can set some boundaries, I will find ways to help me deal with every day challenges.
What are your suggestions? How do you set healthy boundaries with Nanny Families? How do you cope with Nanny Burnout? I would love to read your ideas and maybe incorporating them in my daily life.