A Social Worker Takes a Time Out
I allowed my brain to take a time out this summer. That does not mean that I did nothing and vegetated for two months. I have been busier than I have ever been and enjoyed every moment. I literally let go of other people’s stuff. This is the stuff that bothers us when other people don’t act, do or behave the way we want or desire.
These are also the burdens and concerns that we carry for other people who won’t, can’t or refuse to manage themselves. I did not stop caring; I stopped making myself responsible for taking care of it. This summer has freed me to focus on those things that are truly important to me; myself, my family and my work. Let me tell you what I did this summer.
I took care of me:
I increased my daily meditation time and let go of stuff that really did not matter.
I regularly attended yoga and class and started a body blast class.
I made peace with myself.
I enjoyed quality time with my family:
My husband, daughters and I took a 13 day road trip visiting 6 different states before returning home.
We visited 5 different college campuses with our daughters; one will be a rising high school senior this fall.
We enjoyed extended time with family and friends in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
I ate Giordano’s stuffed crust pizza and drank Vernors ginger ale.
I visited with friends from college and from my hometown who I had not seen in 20 – 30 years.
I visited my childhood neighborhood and spent time with older adults who are dear to my heart.
I expanded my business:
I mixed business with pleasure traveling to North Carolina with my youngest daughter.
Focused on my work – providing real solutions to social workers’ everyday concerns
I traveled to North Carolina for a weekend business conference with my mentor LaShanda Henry of SistaSense.
I developed HappyHalfHour.club, a website “for hardworking professionals who want to be happy.”
I wrote “Stress is Personal; Your Personal Starter Guide to Stress Relief.” This 36 page guide addresses overwhelming stress and ways to effectively manage it.
I completed “Get through the Day without Losing it: a 7 Day Challenge” that provides daily tips for de-stressing when in the moment.
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I help social workers and other professionals to “get through the day without losing it.”
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