Adventuring is fun on the weekends, but during the week, I work hard helping people become the best that they can be. Being a Mental Health Therapist is rewarding, but can also drain a persons entire well-being.
Since moving to California 5 years ago, I have been working diligently to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. What does that mean? It means that I am able to provide psycho-therapy and mental health service for individuals and groups. This doesn’t happen overnight, the process has been a long journey. I had to get my Masters in Social Work, work for two years as an Associate Clinical Social Worker, and take two board exams to determine if I am worthy of having this awesome title behind my name.
This journey that I embarked on 5 years ago has been nothing but rewarding, however that doesn’t mean I don’t get stressed out, or even suffer from anxiety from time to time. I started this blog and my adventures as an outlet for self care, but I have realized that our bodies need time to heal on a day to day basis, and our overall well-being needs daily self care to reduce burnout. Over time, I have learned some great ways that I deal with stressful situations!
1) Breathe Deep
-Relax awhile. Don’t worry about being nervous or anxious. Take 10 minutes of your day to yourself to clear your mind. While clearing your mind, take in deep breathes, in through your nose and out through mouth. Deep breathing not only relaxes you, but teachers you mindfulness.
2) Take Breaks
-Instead of trying to rip and run throughout the day, cut your tasks into 20 min intervals, and take a break in between. This prevents burnout and allows your mind to take a break before reaching a point of breaking down.
–Every morning, take time to write a to-do list. Order it from most important to least important. Set a realistic goal for what you can complete, and be okay with finishing what you choose.
-Make a daily reflection that doesn’t take very long, but it makes a huge difference in clearing the mind. Not only does this clear your head, but it further teaches mindfulness.
5) Take Care of Your Health
– Our bodies need a well balanced diet, exercise and sleep to function. The first way we start burning out is by not taking care of our basic needs.
6) Pray! Pray! Pray!
-Last but not least, prayer is key for me. Prayer refreshes me, balances me and rejuvenates my spirit. Prayer can give you peace of mind, especially if you ask God to relieve anxiety and stress, or grant clarity of the mind to feel at ease in one’s life.
Overall, If you mentally prepare yourself for whatever task you have, you will do just fine.
Until Next time! Happy Adventuring!!