"Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess - the ultimate in giving too little! Burnout is a state of emptiness, to be sure, but it does not result from giving all I have; it merely reveals the nothingness from which I was trying to give in the first place.
When the gift I give to the other is integral to my own nature, when it comes from a place of organic reality within me, it will renew itself - and me - even as I give it away. Only when I give something that does not grow within me do I deplete myself and harm the other as well, for only harm can come from a gift that is forced, inorganic, unreal."
- Parker Palmer
This self-care plan is a tool for you to use in preparation for and throughout your LVC experience. It has been developed with the idea that an LVCer who commits to serving in an intensive year of service and transition enters with their whole self, and thus attention to holistic care is critical to a healthy and meaningful LVC experience. This tool is not only designed to assist you in your own self-awareness and articulation of support needs (e.g.,physical, emotional, etc.) but also to be used as a communication tool for sharing these needs with people who are accompanying you throughout the year.
A holistic self-care plan combines a variety of activities that contribute to your overall well-being. While thinking about this plan can be overwhelming, it is good to break down your self-care into specific categories, so that you will be able to identify which areas of your care might need more attention than others. It is also good to be aware of and take some time to think about those activities that could give you a false sense of comfort, so that you do not continue with those habits that are actually taking away from your overall well-being.