Helping the Helper
Is your profession focused on helping others? Do you notice your own mental health declining because of your workload? Do you think you may have vicarious trauma from the work you do? Do you notice signs of burnout? Do you struggle to have self-care and work-life balance? As helping professionals, we do not always prioritize our own mental wellness. At LifePath, our desire is to “help the helper.” In order to effectively help others, it’s crucial that we have an insight into our own mental health. Norm Kelly once said “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” Regularly talking to a like-minded professional can aid in your ability to be more effective in both your professional and personal life.
Helping professions may include, but are not limited to:
- Community Mental Health (clinical therapists, case managers, support staff)
- Social Services (state workers, homeless outreach, housing specialists)
- Addiction (addiction counselors, peer supports)
- Education (teachers, principles, resource coordinators)
- Medical (nurses, paramedics, specialists, physicians)
Self-care evangelist Katie Reed put it best when she said “Self-care means giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”
If you feel it’s time to advocate for your own mental wellbeing, schedule an appointment via the Contact page.