As a Social Worker, I have walked into this profession knowing well enough I would be faced with more tragedies than triumphs. But when that triumph shows itself for even a split second, you remember it forever and it makes all the hard work worth it. Sounds a little daunting, but it’s this truth that makes the profession appealing. Listening to stories of people’s lives and those who live different lives than our own the world keeps us humble and constantly reevaluating ourselves. But more often than not, social workers get mentally and emotionally overwhelmed and fall into the well-known trap of “Burn Out”. Throughout my education, professions constantly posed the question of “How do you take care of yourself? What helps you feel better within 5 minutes? 5 days? What helps your work day go better? How do you calm your anxiety? And or how do you manage your depression?” I’ve never been able to truly answer this question until I started paying attention to what I already do; I started paying attention to the little things. I then thought all women in every profession should know themselves well enough to answer the same questions. So here is a glimpse of the little things that bring a little happiness…
What makes me feel better in 5 minutes?
I have a love affair with Hot tea, especially Chamomile and Earl Grey. I usually start the day with tea, I have a tea in my bag for travel moments, and usually end my days with tea.
What helps me feel better in 5 days?
Working out at least 4 days per week , eating a good amount of fruits and veggies, make me feel so much better in a week.
What helps my day go better?
Waking up on time, having at least a cup of tea, eating breakfast, and drinking enough water.
What calms my anxiety?
When I become anxious, I have trouble sleeping. At night, l dabble Lavender Oil on my neck, nose, and hands. It reminds me of my house growing up. Giving my skin a good lather with St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter always makes me feel less anxious, makes me feel more prepared for whatever comes next.
How do you manage your depression?
Being creative, even if it’s taking a small fun picture while driving across highway 70 (do this if someone else is driving). Good music on repeat always brings me back to myself ….Have you heard of The Civil Wars yet?
We could all use a little more investment in ourselves. Wasting time answering these questions…is no time wasted at all. What brings you a little bit of happiness?