September is Self-Care Awareness Month
Self-care ideas for integrative practitioners
by Kellie Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP
I struggled with autoimmune disease for years before finding integrative medicine. I battled overwhelming fatigue, psoriasis, anxiety, digestive distress, muscle aches, joint swelling, reduced range of motion in my neck, dry eyes, moodiness, and sleep disturbance. With my own integrative team, I developed a plan for self-care to address my symptoms and have been fortunate to significantly improve my quality of life. But, as I became an integrative practitioner myself, I internalized the struggles of my clients. Work-related demands kept me from being consistent with my own self-care routine and some of my old symptoms began to resurface. Experiencing a return of those negative symptoms was a call to action. I knew if I continued down that path, my quality of life would suffer, and I would never be able to completely partner with my clients.
Through this process, I learned the importance of my own self-care. I created a plan and hold myself accountable, just as if I were my own client.