medical providers, teachers, educational administrators, state, county and local municipal professionals

Regaining your identity: mind and body. Living in someone else’s body

Look at yourself in the mirror. Whose body are you living in? Whose body do you want to live in? What are you going to do about it? Many of us are living in someone else’s body. We feel like athletes, but we have let our physical health go. If we still have or regain the mind of a champion, we can change our body to become a champion once again. Go grind and get it back.

Many community service professionals may or may not have been athletes. We view life as a “sport” and we are all athletes to one extent or another.

By redefining sports as activities that require someone to repetitively or for a prolonged period, do something with their body that may damage or irritate it, then we are all athletes at some point in our lives. Whether we are lifting and carrying a growing baby, working in the yard, lifting, and transferring a loved one or simply sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time at a workstation, we all put stress on our bodies. We must learn strategies to prevent issues or identify them early.

Posture is particularly important. Posture is a position that you are putting your body in for a prolonged period. Simply having a poor posture or doing something in a poor position for a prolonged or repetitive period (ergonomics) can cause pain and damage to your body. It is important to learn proper sleeping positions, proper sitting and standing positions and proper bending, lifting, and carrying positions. Simply changing the position that you are in when you do something often allows you to continue to do that activity without having pain. Listen to your body and get help when it needs it.

Community service professionals often focus on the people they are serving or teaching and not on themselves. Their bodies often suffer the consequences of this. Taking time to care for ourselves so that we can better care for others is particularly important. A teacher may go an entire day without taking time away from the classroom to use the restroom. These are situations where micro breaks as short as 10 seconds can help to reset your posture and alleviate physical and mental stress on your body.