Why Self-Care?

Although self-care is constant part of our work, here are some of the signs that you are needing more self-care because you may be experiencing burnout.

Scenario #1 "My Work Is Self-Care."

Hey, how is your placement going? You work with a tough population. How are you taking care of yourself?
I'm doing great! I love what I do, so my work IS self-care:)
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Mahatma Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." There is some wisdom in his words. However, we can choose to practice in a way that suits you the best. It is common blah blah...

What if your classmate says this? What is the most supportive way to respond?

Scenario #2 "It is NOTHING compared to what my clients are going through."

I went out with my old friends last night, and it was waste my time. They complained about small things. Ugh!
So True!  My family doesn't get it either. It's NOTHING compared to what our clients are going through!
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Mother Theresa said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

 

 

Compassion fatigue

How can you support your classmates when you hear this?

Scenario #3 "I am good because my clients are doing well."

How are things? How is your placement going?

Going well! I just had a good day at my placement. My clients are doing great. I'm good when my clients are doing well.
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Jane Addams said, "The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."  We see why beginning social workers may interpret her quote in a way that connects self-worth with their clients.

 

Overidentification. Boundary--realistic expectations of self. Do you really mean that???

How can you support your classmates when you hear this?
Why Self-Care? - Cindy Bautista-Thomas, LCSW
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"You know what? No one is promised tomorrow, and I get to rearrange my life in a way where I can center it all with those that are important to me by budgeting my time accordingly."

 

Cindy Bautista-Thomas, LCSW