8 New Year’s Resolutions for Social Workers that will make 2018 awesome
Happy New Year my friends! It’s that time when we all look to the future and begin to plan a fresh start for the coming twelve months. As 2017 turns into 2018, here are my New Year’s Resolutions for Social Workers that can help make this year a little better for all of us.
1: Take some time out to treat yourself
Social work can take over your life and research shows that we’re working 64 days of extra overtime every single year. If you keep working above and beyond then you’ll end up burning out. Try to take some time out to treat yourself because you’re worth it!
2: Learn to admit when you’re not coping
In toxic workplaces, it can often feel like you’re not allowed to show any signs of weakness for fear of being singled out for scrutiny. This is dangerous and will lead to long-term issues. Learn to listen to yourself and admit when you’re not coping well.
3: Share your feelings with others
A problem shared is a problem halved. We are so good at getting other people to share their feelings with us that we often forget the need to share our own too. So this year try to tell your friends and colleagues how you’re doing more often.
4: If you’re sad at work, make a change because life’s too short
Social work is a brilliant career, but you only have one life. It’s not worth killing yourself over a job that would replace you within weeks if you left. If 2017 was a bad year because of work, try to make 2018 the year you make a change and move on.
5: Start taking better care of your body
I know, I know… in our line of work it can be so hard to get into an exercise routine and eat healthily. But it is possible with discipline, time management and putting your own needs first. Try to take better care of yourself this year.
6: While you’re at it, start taking care of your mind too!
A healthy body = a healthy mind. But as well as watching what you eat, you should learn some mental health first aid too. Meditation, mindfulness and CBT can all help you cope better with the mental strain of social work. See what works best for you.
7: Connect with other Social Workers
Even though we’re based in teams, social work can be quite lonely at times. The high turnover in teams means we often have to say goodbye to those we care for. Make 2018 the year you connect with colleagues online so you know you’re not alone.
8: Remind yourself that you deserve to be happy
You’re a good person. You work hard. You’re making a difference in the world. Remind yourself of these things and remind yourself of the fact you deserve to be happy. Self-care isn’t selfish. Please make sure that 2018 is the year you prioritise your happiness!