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To whom are you committed?

To whom are you committed?

Commitment is an Action

INS-logo-cells-onlyA commitment is a pledge, a promise and an action.
How often do you plan to do something for yourself and don’t do it?
What do you say to yourself when the supervisor mandates that you stay a few more hours?

Many of us find it is easier to meet obligations to others before we meet obligations to ourselves. Are you putting other’s needs first? If I don’t make time for myself something like my kids’ soccer practice or a call about a patient at the end of a shift, can often leave me saying “I’m too tired” and I wind up vegging out in front of the TV with some chips. This is a part of the burnout syndrome and an important pain and potential healing point.


Your commitment to yourself shapes every part of your life.  It influences your thoughts, your actions and defines your future.We know that spending time with yourself in wholesome, nurturing ways actually gives you more physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and mental energy. For years sleep was an issue. So many things to do and not enough time. I got up early and went to bed late. When I committed to better care of myself- getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night, I was pleasantly surprised. I accomplished just as much, tasks were completed and most importantly, I was clearer, kinder and healthier.

INS-logo-cells-onlyTaking care of yourself reduces stress levels, lowers cortisol levels, and helps you to be your best both personally and professionally.

Padma Dyvine June, 2016

Commitment is the glue
that bonds us to our goals
-JB Koerig

Please share with us your experience of the power of your commitment to self-care in your life~

Send your response to: padmadyvine@gmail.com

  • Kathleen J. Mencher August 4, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Hi. My commitment to myself has only been realized as I have grown up in nursing. This commitment is a dynamic moment to moment – reaching for integration of my mind/body – as I walk through the everyday challenges and try to balance what is best for me while also serving the patients.

    I know through the experience – many years of working on the unit – that if I yield to external pressures it is the patient who usually gets the short end of the stick. I also understand there are many elements that enter into my decision by the hospital to ask staff to stay and I must take that into consideration. I am not a free agent but if asked to do something by the hospital and it will change my plans for the next few hours I must try to see what compromise can be made by them: the most obvious is money but perhaps I don’t want the money I want time something that is a win for me and a win for them.

    • Padma Dyvine August 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      Thank you for your insight about types of remuneration and the importance of finding balance for yourself, the institution and the patients. Working for the win/win means having a conversation. The conversation begins in our own minds and then includes others. Intention for a win/win is the first step and then the details can be worked out.

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