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Take Care: A Message to Social Workers

March is Social Work Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate the incredible work we do in supporting and empowering individuals and communities. We dedicate ourselves to helping our clients navigate life's challenges, often putting their needs before our own. This dedication is commendable, but it's crucial to remember that we can't pur from an empty vessel.

It's easy for social workers, counselors, and other helping professionals to lose sight of our own well- being amidst the demands of our work. While we strive to provide guidance and tools for self-sufficiency and self-determination to our clients, we must prioritize our own self-care and well-being as well.

Let's encourage each other to:

  • Prioritize rest and relaxation. Schedule regular breaks, vacations, and time for activities that bring us joy.

  • Embrace self-care. This can include anything from exercise and healthy eating to spending time in nature or pursuing hobbies.

  • Seek support. Talk to colleagues, friends, family, or a therapist about the challenges you face.

  • Remember, we are human. We can't do everything, and it's okay to set boundaries and say no.

By taking care of ourselves, we become better equipped to serve those who depend on us. So, this Social Work Month, let's choose compassion and understanding, not just for our clients, but for ourselves. Take a trip, plan a staycation, or simply dedicate some time each week to your own well-being.

Together, let's ensure we are all thriving, not just surviving.

Until next time,

Yolanda L. M , LMSW

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