Comments on: Social Work is Difficult http://www.selfcareinsocialwork.com/social-work-is-difficult/ Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:00:29 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 By: Amber http://www.selfcareinsocialwork.com/social-work-is-difficult/#comment-605 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:00:29 +0000 http://www.selfcareinsocialwork.com/?p=285#comment-605 Thank you for your post. I too struggle with the demands of social work, family, school, and time for myself. It seems that more often than not, I am putting myself last which means that self-care is not being done. I feel overworked, overtired, and stretched beyond belief. You give a poignant analogy of the airplane and masks. I have never thought of self-care in that way. However, it makes sense. So often we push ourselves to help others and sacrifice so much of ourselves. Yet if we are not taking care of ourselves first, we will not be able to help anyone else. So self-care must be an ongoing commitment.
Thank you!

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By: Haley http://www.selfcareinsocialwork.com/social-work-is-difficult/#comment-598 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:19:09 +0000 http://www.selfcareinsocialwork.com/?p=285#comment-598 I completely agree with your thoughts on the difficult nature of Social Work and the vitality of self-care. Anyone in the helping field can attest to the incredible demands these jobs require. It seems there is more to do than there is time to do it, yet the expectations remain. In my previous job as group home administrator and manager, I was doing so much for the clients and staff that I neglected my own care. I developed anxiety complete with somatic problems and let my health and weight get out of control. Because of all that, I ended up not even being that effective in my work since I felt so badly about myself. From that experience, I have not only learned that I HAVE to take care of myself, but that I need to create boundaries. I am human and I have limits. Now, whenever I am asked to do something such as commit to seeing a client until 8pm every week, I say “no”. This has shocked some people, but I always come back with, “If I am not well, I cannot help the clients be well.” No one can really refute that statement 😉
More agencies need to have this discussion and be tolerant of clinicians and helpers in the field who have boundaries and limits that protect them from major health problems and burnout.

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