As we embark on a new, provocative season of ABC’s most notorious prime time dramas written by the illustrious Shonda Rhimes, I can’t help but think about how much Olivia Pope is more than just a fictional character I see every Thursday night. For those who haven’t succumbed to the #TGIT , Olivia Pope is […] […]
Satisfaction increases the ability of the worker to meet every challenge and enjoy every moment. I challenge you to work toward a satisfying social work career, and you will experience success along the way. Source: 6 Actions That Build a Satisfying Social Work Career – SocialWorker.com
Have you every secretly colored in your child’s coloring book? Now, don’t laugh. Adult coloring is big right now because of the benefits it has shown to help people de-stress and relax. The combination of creativity in choosing colors, the repetitive movement of the hand slows down the release of cortisol and adrenaline in the brain, […]
Earlier this month we celebrated our nation’s independence and freedom. For many social workers, and other service professionals, freedom from stress, through self-care, is a luxury that we have not enjoyed. However, we don’t have to go on a luxury vacation or to the spa to take care of our health and well-being. One straightforward […]
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She’s gone. She left sometime after my mother’s death and my youngest child’s entry into college. I downsized my home, got a room mate for the first time in life, spent more time in my studio, and decided to start figuring out this thing called life. I also wondered how…
Source: The Greatest Love of All (second to God’s Love)…Starts with You
I love Whitney Houston’s song, “Greatest Love of All.”(Circa 1985). It talks about learning to love yourself no matter what others think or say. It is an anthem that helping professionals take to heart. We spend so much of our time, and our career, taking care of others…our clients, our families, and our friends, but how often do we take care of ourselves? If you are like me, not often.
By the nature of our profession(s), we are helpers. But, but we can’t give our best when we are depleted, frustrated, stressed and burned out. February, is a good time to focus some time on ourselves through self-love and self-care.
Psychologist Dr. Deborah Khoshaba defines self-love as self-appreciation through acts of spiritual, psychological and physical growth. Now, let’s see how you love yourself. Take this quick self-love quiz.
- Do you take time to nurture your health, by exercising, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet?
- Do you take time to do activities that give you pleasure or joy (i.e. enjoy hobbies etc.)?
- Do you accept you are and limit negative self-talk?
- Have you forgiven yourself for past failures or mistakes?
- Do you have a spiritual practice to help you focus on your purpose?
- Do you make yourself a priority and practice-self care on a regular basis.
If you answered no to at least three (3) of these questions then you need to take out time and look for ways to incorporate those things into your life. A few suggestions include:
-Get enough sleep and exercise. This can make a lot of difference in how you view yourself.
-Replace negative self-talk with a positive mindset through positive affirmations and up-lifting songs. Create a playlist that will encourage you when negative thoughts appear.
-Let go of the past. Look towards your future. Set some goals for personal or professional development, and go for it!
-Take care of YOU. You can’t help others if you can’t help yourself. Develop a spiritual practice such as prayer and meditation.Take time to enjoy friends or an old hobby you put down.
The important thing is to get started. Do something…make a start. Once you do, you will become a better person, for yourself (first) and your clients. Indeed, learning to love-yourself is the greatest project you can work on! Love yourself first, then love, and serve, others…