I am currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. A common idea that comes up throughout my classes is burn out. In any job and career, it is important to be aware and cautious of giving too much of yourself, not taking time to rest, and becoming burnt out. Burn out can appear in many forms, but generally workplace burn out is a mixture of feelings that capture being deeply tired, stressed, overextended, and ambivalent.
This is all too common a phenomenon in today’s society and in modern workplaces. We tend to take on too much without finding the time to reflect and recharge. This is where self-care comes in. Self-care is the solution to burn out and it looks different for each person. Essentially, self-care recognizes that we need to take care of ourselves if we are going to be helpful to anyone else.
When I am feeling extra busy and spread thin, practicing self-care allows me to renew and re-energize. I make time to spend time with good friends, take a walk in the woods, get lost in a good book, try out a new recipe for dinner, do some yoga, and create some kind of art (just to name a few!). Something important that I have learned: Don’t occasionally make time to take care of yourself. Even if some activities are brief, make self-care a part of your everyday.