New Year’s Resolutions for Social Workers

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My New Years resolutions for 2019…

1: Know your limitations and operate within them. You cannot save the world. It is enough to just make small differences in the lives of a few people who are ready to change.

2: Stop killing yourself over a job that would replace you within a month if you dropped dead. Life is too short to sacrifice yourself to a job that you hate.

3: Remember that your job is important, but your family and friends are more important. There will always be other jobs out there, but there will never be a chance to watch your children grow up again.

4: Take care of yourself too. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to be cared for.

5: Make sure that you take the time to recharge your batteries. You cannot keep filling from an empty cup.

6: Practice self-care and put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Putting yourself first is not selfish, it is a necessity.

7: Learn to rest and not to quit. Familiarise yourself with the signs of burnout and know when you are close to breaking point.

8: Use your flexi-time and time off in lieu. You are only paid for 37 hours a week; stop giving so much of your time away for free.

9: Be firm with your boundaries and tell your manager when you are no longer coping. There are plenty of other jobs out there, so do not let yourself be bullied.

10: Try to see the good in the world and the person behind the problem. Remember that you came into this profession to help people, not to be another cog in the corporation.

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