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None of us do self-care perfectly; yet, we often try to live up to an expectation of perfection. Instead, let’s commit to live into the possibilities of self-care! more

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As we “do our jobs,” we traverse toxicity and encounter ethical choices, which may lead to firing. May we have clear, consistent values and courageous, caring personal Boards of Trustees! And, let’s be radically fired up about self-care. more

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Amidst toxic racism and stark poverty, George Dawson demonstrated incredible personal resilience. This entry elucidates four more of Dawson’s compelling lessons of resilience for self-care inspiration, from his book, Life is So Good. more

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Vicarious resilience is a form of self-care. In contrast to vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience refers to the positive impact of hearing how others cope with trauma and difficulties. Seek out stories of resilience to inspire self-care. more

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Let’s “C” how to change the meaning ascribed to stressors from personal problems to powerful and positive possibilities using Hill's ABC-X framework. more

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March, Social Work Month, is a time to reflect on where our profession has been, our current status, and future directions. Let’s celebrate this month by emphasizing self-care as a professional priority. more

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Put your own oxygen mask on first, I tell my clients. Self care is not selfish, I tell my clients. But I was not practicing what I was preaching, and like many other social workers, it took a personal crisis for me to wake up and smell the coffee. more

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In February, Erlene Grise-Owens refrains from making non-essential purchases.  She invites you to join her in a “Frugal February” reflection. If a month is too much, consider doing Frugal Fridays or another modification. more

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Who has time to develop Plan B when knee deep in Plan A!? And, social work is a core identity. Pursuing something other than social work? That’s crazy talk. Or is it? more

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2017: Skinny, rich, and happy! Ample evidence documents that New Year’s resolutions can quickly turn into regrets. Here are steps toward successful self-care resolutions, not regrets. more

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To paraphrase Charles Dickens: These are the “worst of times” for stress; these are the “best of times” for self-care! Holidays are particularly stressful for helping professionals. The Season of Stress calls for even more intentional self-care. more

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Frequently, people ask about navigating toxicity. Toxic environments require hazmat suits! From my experience and observing others, I’ve learned to construct hazmat suits using ER-ADLS. more

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Self-Care is NOT blaming the individual or discounting an organization’s responsibility. Promoting organizational wellness is imperative! And, self-care is essential. It’s not an either/or! more

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Welcome to OUR blog! This space is for all of us to share our struggles, strategies, and successes with self-care! The blog was prompted by the recent publication of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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