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 … Continue reading Gratitude for Self-Care
“Stigma, fears and just plain ignorance about mental illness, particularly among African Americans has taken a toll on our families and communities.” Actress Jennifer Lewis
As summer winds down, it’s easy to feel the heat (especially on the South), as well a sense of unease about our accomplishments and goals for the rest of the year. Social workers, and other mental health professions, may feel that they are not making the impact that they want to with their clients. This … Continue reading The Savvy Social Worker’s Gospel Playlist: 10 Encouraging Songs When You are “All In Your Feelings”
Movies and film have the power entertain, inform and inspire empower individuals to live their best lives. Therapists, social workers and mental health professionals have used the concept cinematherapy to create this transformation in the lives of many of their clients. Therefore, in honor of Minority Mental Health Month, here are five ways social workers, … Continue reading Five Ways Movies Can Promote Mental Health Education
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was established in 2008, by Congress, to raise awareness about mental illness and educate local communities on the impact on ethnic and racial minorities. Mental health issues are exacerbated, within the Black community, on an external level, due to multiple factors including a lack of: access … Continue reading #Minority Mental Health Matters
If you look around, and if you pay attention you will see something very interesting and surprising: The world is filled with people who have not yet discovered their best selves. Many are wonderful people who care about others and are trying to do good... Source: How To Become Your Best Self Despite Childhood Emotional … Continue reading How To Become Your Best Self Despite Childhood Emotional Neglect
A first hand view on narcissistic abuse…
Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in life. G Feuerstein
Healing after being abused, deceived, betrayed and hurt by the person you loved and trusted may seem like an impossible thing to do. It’s been two months since my relationship ended and at first I didn’t think I would be able to move out of the deep dark hole that I was in. The searing pain I felt prevented me from eating, sleeping and socialising and instead I was drinking as well as smoking excessively. I could just about manage to get myself out of bed and go to work. However, as soon as I got home, I would retire to the comfort of my bedroom or a bottle of wine.
I didn’t understand why my relationship hadn’t worked out. I had given him everything: my love, my support, my admiration, my…
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“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time. Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: Time Off research found that workers are taking nearly … Continue reading Avoid Workplace Burnout: Maximize Your Vacation Time This Year
Happy National Hobby Month1 January is an exciting time when we create resolutions, set intentions and create goals for ourselves. Yet, in our quest to take care of our work responsibilities, we rarely implement plans to take care of ourselves. But, never fear, a solution is here…explore a new hobby. January is National Hobby Month. … Continue reading A New Year, A New Hobby for Self-Care
“Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune. Jim Rohn.