The culture in healthcare assumes you will give of yourself; not unreasonable given we are in caring professions unless this becomes your only way of operating. Giving to others without keeping an eye on how you are doing, cutting back on the good habits that keep you well, because the needs of others outrank your own. And maybe this doesn’t just happen at work.
People attracted to healthcare professions are generally kind, generous, and enthusiastic, but we often have very healthy inner critics with extremely high standards of what is ‘good enough’. We find it hard to admit that we need time-out to focus on ourselves. And sometimes we stop even noticing.
There are rewards of course; making people happier, fitter, stronger, and that sense you are of service to society, that’s why we do this, right? But unchecked, the over-giving can impact your own happiness and ironically, the care you are able to give others.