You’ve heard it said before, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
Now, I am sure you’ve done some really amazing things as the super nanny you are- but pouring organic apple juice from an empty sippy cup probably isn’t one of them. And so is the case with your NannyHeart. Making sure that you are well taken care of and that your heart is overflowing is vital, so that you can not only pour out into your little ones, but in all spheres of your life.
I get it… we’re nannies. It is literally in our job profiles to care for others. Sometimes we get so used to meeting the needs of little humans and their families throughout the day, we begin to forget about own needs. Even down to trying to eat our lunch without a toddler trying to snag a bite… and another… and another. Or going pee alone with the door closed (it’s the little things, isn’t it?). Nurture is in our nature and that’s beautiful. We just need to remember that if we are empty… there’s nothing to give.
Burnout is real, Nanny. Maybe you are reading this and your experience at work has always been amazing. Fantastic, keep thriving! Unfortunately many of us will or have already encountered burnout in our nanny careers at one point or another— and it sucks. So let’s talk about some practices we can implement to eliminate any burnout we may feel now or could have potentially encountered in the future. I have put a lot of thought into this and I have come to the conclusion that the two of the most important things to practice as a nanny are as follows: Boundaries and self care.