The job market is not kind. The economy is hurting. And social workers are heavily impacted. But work is not what defines us. While we are out looking for work, pursuing careers, and chasing dreams we need to stop. Yes, stop.
Every conversation I have had with my peers is about stress of work, politics, and struggles. We need to start enjoying everyday while accomplishing our goals. I understand that I may be speaking out of turn, but if we do not enjoy each day as it comes, then we will be years ahead and have no idea how we got there.
I propose a change of thought. Start by taking five minutes every day to just breathe, stretch, and walk around. More if you can. Call one person every day just to say "Hi". And talk to one person a week who you genuinely miss.
Why am I writing about this on a social work blog? Because if we do not take care of ourselves, then how on earth can we take care of our communities and each other?