We live in an incredibly busy world and all our lives have so many factors that require attention and balance. It is easy to get caught up in the demands and experience anxiety and stress. I’ve definitely been there! It has taken time to learn when to step back, take a break, and do things that contribute to my health and wellness. For those of you who know me well it’s not easy for me to do this. I am known to be a perfectionist, hard worker, and highly responsive in the context of my personal and work life. I see this as a strength but also a weakness, as I sometimes I get pulled into the need of completing an urgent/ important task rather then the importance of my self-care in that moment.
One aspect of my self care is the importance of “My Team.” I would not be who am I am today if it wasn’t for the mentors in my life. It has been important for me to identify who my community of support is as I need guidance. I am very fortunate to say that there have been many individuals influencing my journey including teachers, instructors, professors, supervisors, colleagues in academic, music and music therapy fields. And of course in my personal life close friends, family and my fiancé. These individuals all have areas of strength and I am grateful that I can learn from their teachings and life experiences.
I believe it’s important to spend time identifying your mentors and what purpose they have in your life. Who is in your community of support? What role(s) do these people have in your life? How do they support your journey? Counsel these people often in areas related to your personal, emotional, relationship, academic, business, or music therapy needs. We can all use the guidance and support in the busy and demanding world that we live in. For it’s when we’re supported in community that great things can happen!
“I am all those who have guided me, changed me, helped me. To know me is also to know a bit about everyone who has loved me.” – Unraveled: Xara Choral Theatre
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101