I lead groups three times a week and make it a point to stress to my residents to have coping skills in place. I do this on a daily basis. So, when it came to my day off, I started to think about my own coping skills. What things am I doing to deal with the emotional overload that comes with being a social worker? What am I doing to prevent burn out? How do I allow my body to process these things, and how do I work through not clinging to them so that they don’t affect me?
I realized that I don’t have too many coping skills. I am able to meditate and do some yoga and that helps sometimes. But I don’t have anything that I methodically work on every day. I began to list the things I like to do, just for me, and the list was pretty short. Then I looked to see of those things, what am I actually doing… the answer was none.
Needless to say, I am starting to implement those coping skills to create good habits for myself. One thing that I am going to start today is a photography project. I have always wanted to take pictures in black and white to make a coffee table book for my home. So, whenever I feel stressed out or have had a rough day, I am going to grab my camera and drive or walk someplace to take some pictures.
I am excited for the possibilities for creativity that this will open up for me. Not only will this fill a much needed creative outlet in my life, but it will also allow me to express what I am feeling through photos in a way that I have never done before. If I am feeling sad, the photo will reflect that. If I am feeling excited, the photo will reflect that. If I am feeling overwhelmed, in some artistic way, the photo will reflect that.
Now I will need a name for my first coffee table book. So, knowing that this will reflect emotions and feelings, what do you think the name of this book should be? If I select that name you suggest, you will get a copy of the book for your home as well (maybe signed if I am feeling self-important that day 😉
I look forward to your suggestions and how this is going to turn out.