During these past few months, we have seen hurricanes, earthquakes and senseless acts of violence impact our world. Many people have stepped up to help those affected. Of those helping, many are from nonprofits whose job it is to help individuals in need, everyday. To those working in the nonprofit arena, the mission of the work, more times than not, takes priority over taking care of themselves. Eventually, the stress, lack of sleep, and poor diet will all catch up with us and burnout will occur. It happens everyday.
Anyone who has boarded a plane has heard the instructions: if the air masks fall from the ceiling, place the mask on yourself before you help those around you. That echoes the spirit of what I want to share with others working in the nonprofit field. Take care of yourself first, so you will have the mental and physical ability to assist others and carry out the mission of your organization in which you believe in so strongly.