Today I am speaking to a group of social workers about their own wellness. They need to be taken away from their phones, clients and computers to get their attention off their incredibly long to-do lists. It was decided we will meet at the beach for Staff Enrichment Day. Social workers are good at helping other people. But not so good at taking care of themselves. Social workers are the unsung heroes. They are on the frontline after tragedy and violence. They are focused on what families and children need. Each day they listen to unspeakable acts. This work takes its toll on people. Social workers are not the only ones who do not practice what they preach. Many people see self care as selfish. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Self care is self respect. Do I have any mothers in the house??? I’m talking to you too!!!
I have been providing domestic violence services for 20 years. I hear numerous stories about abuse on a daily basis. Yet I feel as inspired and energized as I did the day I started. There are many factors that keep me sane. Staying positive, great coworkers, passion for the work, going home to a loving husband, snuggling with my pets all contribute to my ability to stay in the game.
My other secret is… I take care of myself first. I know the best thing I can do for my clients, coworkers and company is to exercise before I get to work. Working out is a powerful way to wipe the slate clean and it provides the inner strength to do what needs to get done. What do you do on a daily basis for wellness? If you didn’t come up with an answer right away, you need a speech on the beach. Start with your belief about self care. We all make time for what we think is important.