As social workers, we spend a lot of time caring for others including our clients, family and friends. We, oftentimes, overlook taking care of ourselves.
Don’t worry, I have a self-care tool that will help you gain clarity and focus in your work as a helping professional. What’s that tool? Developing a gratitude practice.
Here are the steps…
First, create your gratitude jar. You will need a jar, note paper, pens or markers and whatever else you want to create your jar. Get those creative juices flowing an use your imagination. For more information on creating one, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFjYszMoHnM
Second, find one thing you are grateful for each day ( I suggest doing a 12 day challenge if possible) and write it on a note paper.
Third, put your note in a jar. Choose a time to reflect on your notes over time (i.e. once a week) to see blessings in your work. This will help you refocus your mindset about your work.
Does this sound too difficult? If a daily gratitude is too often, then modify the practice to three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Or, do it once a week, for example on Fridays. That way, you can use the end of the week to reflect on what went on things that you are thankful for. This can help you create a good mindset for yourself for the upcoming week. Whatever you do, just get started. Practicing gratitude will give you a fresh perspective on your purpose and work as a social worker.
Finally, if you would like additional tools, get my FREE 3 Step Guide to Therapist Self-Care at: http://eepurl.com/dNGN5g
Peace and blessings to you.