As we wind down PTSD awareness month, I want to focus on us….the helpers. While we are all adept at identifying PTSD symptoms in our patients, we are less adept at recognizing our own struggles. We have the honor and privilege of hearing the stories our clients share with us, but with that comes some occupational stress that is unique to those in the helping profession
Blog posts with the tag "Self Care"
I have a confession to make. I have never really bought into the concept of self-care from a personal perspective. I do think frequently about the risk for burnout in in the behavioral health field, I fully support self-care for others, and I encourage time for self-care among friends and colleagues. For myself though, the concept seemed foreign.
How can mental health care providers deliver good treatment while avoiding burnout in the context of multiple public health crises? Speakers at the 3rd Annual EBP Conference will offer insights.
As the world has struggled the past three years to navigate a pandemic, it has brought to the forefront the critical importance of self-care, especially for those in the helping environment. Thinking about self-care and resilience, it is often easiest to focus on the individual and to make them solely responsible for their well-being. Historically, we have been told to rest more, eat healthy, exercise, and meditate as ways of taking better care of ourselves. While all of these can have a positive impact on our overall well-being, it does not factor in the important role that workplaces can have in impacting, either positively or negatively, our well-being.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hearing about “NOvember” campaigns such as “putting the ‘no’ in ‘November’” and “The NOvember Challenge.” There are a few different versions of the campaign, but essentially it is a call to say “no” to unhealthy/unenjoyable/non-enriching requests and habits. Although this call to action has been around for years, it’s suddenly become relevant to me