Community Times: Community Care starts with self-care
Hello Community Rockstar! 👋
It's NO-November month already & how many of you are feeling this need of drawing boundaries (Saying No) or have "Me time" to have a better sense of balance in your life?
Well, I do feel this need right now despite knowing the importance of Self-care.
We are community builders/talents and are always dealing & interacting with people. And this means that we are also dealing with an arena of emotions in full spectrum. There are chances where we encounter someone who is sharing with us about their happiest moment while in the same hour, we could bang into someone who is ranting about their life or who is feeling quite sad for how things are showing up for them.
It is a part of our job to keep juggling ourselves within these different temperatures of emotions & people & it is this rapid self-regulation that is needed that can take a toll on our mental & emotional well-being.
Most of us, talk about burnout & this is one of the major reasons for burnout that needs to be handled well.
Curating a lifestyle that fosters us to sustain & be resilient to such a dynamic setup is a must for us all. Inculcating into daily self-care rituals & well-being becomes even more important for us to keep our spirits high.
The risk of not having a "Me/Self Care" time in our routine can dampen our spirits to serve the community.
RISK OF NEGOTIATING SELF-CARE?
We start to negotiate our ability to handle & regulate our emotions as well as the emotions of our members which is the core need of any community. A member of any community wants to feel loved, appreciated & belonged above all other needs. While we are not in our balanced selves, we might start having a hard time gauging how much to give or receive. We might start to over-give or under-give, later on burning ourselves out! Or we might simply not be able to provide that safe space for them. And this greatly impacts the quality of a community.
The sense of belongingness & love slowly starts to diminish. And every act then becomes transactional. Communities were never made to be transactional. As soon as communities become transactional, it loses their purpose. It is as good as a group of people doing business. Community is not a business.
Community wellness is a very crucial aspect for the community manager as well as for all the members. Offering periodic wellness sessions to communities can powerfully impact the overall well-being of the entire community. And being a community creator, we can always help our people to ingrain such values in them.
Hope this piece of wisdom works for the greater good of us all. It feels so good to connect with you, my Fam! ❤
My self-care ritual looks like enjoying some alone time with my favorite music & food. What does your Self-Care ritual look like? Share with us in the comments :)
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