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Self Care Summer

In conjunction with the publication of our book, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals, we launched our Self-Care Summer project! You can participate by reading the book and developing a self-care plan, submitting an essay or other creative work about self-care, or reading and sharing the published entries! Here's to #selfcaresummer!

Take time to explore what you need to take care of yourself, whether exercise, walking on the beach, getting more sleep, or something else. It is essential, as a social worker, that you give attention to your own self-care. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Journaling helps to protect from burnout by providing a release of stressful and potentially toxic perceptions and emotions. As a catalyst to gaining greater self-awareness and acceptance, it empowers you to maintain personal and professional limits. Read more

Self-Care Summer

In March of this year, a mentor and LCSW took her own life. I want us to be aware that we are no different from our clients in our pain or methods of removing the pain. Reach out to someone you trust, and take care of yourself. Read more

Self-Care Summer

If I write my self-care commitment, I will have to do it. I will be a better person for it and a stronger social worker. I will walk my talk. I can do this. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Find something that makes you feel alive, and support others in their self-care, too. If you don't think you're worth your own care, there may be other issues at play. Read more

Self-Care Summer

The importance of self-care is implied in the NASW Code of Ethics. If we see self-care as a chore and do it just to “check it off the list,” we are not reaping the full benefits of self-care.  Make a choice to invest in yourself. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Did you know July 24th is International Self-Care Day!? Here’s the background and a CHALLENGE for you and your colleagues to participate and promote Self-Care is for Life! Read more

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However you identify or classify your transition, here are some self-care techniques to get you through the process. Read more

Self-Care Summer

A recent social work graduate takes a needed summer self-care break to recharge. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Despite resources on self-care, social work practitioners, social work students, and clients sometimes fail to implement needed self-care strategies. Here are ways to overcome three barriers to self-care. Read more

Self-Care Summer

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Take time out and watch the current of social work's tide. A poetry entry in the Self-Care Summer series. Read more

Self-Care Summer

There is one sign of burnout that often goes unnoticed and frequently is encouraged in subtle ways. This is what can be called the "need complex" -- the feeling that you and your social work intervention are so needed that you must work more. Read more

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Much has been written about self-compassion: the ability to give ourselves the same kindness we would give someone else. One way to do this is through writing a self-compassionate letter. Read more

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You may feel that you don't have time for "formal" mindfulness practice. Here is a way to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday activities. Read more

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Social work is both challenging and rewarding. These strategies can help you shift from compassion fatigue to compassion satisfaction. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Don't delay joy. Find it in small packages. Read more

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When mindfulness occurs, a connection happens to each moment, allows that moment to make a mark on your journey. For social workers to use mindfulness and be present with connection allows for self-care and self-awareness. Read more

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I have discovered that occupying a space of unbridled curiosity not only shakes off my work-day woes, but teaches me to be a better social worker. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Meditation, self-compassion breaks, and gratitude are ways to extend the same generosity to yourself that you extend as a helper to others. Read more

Self-Care Summer

As part of "Self-Care Summer," The New Social Worker Book Club's Summer 2017 book club selection is The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. Read more

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