As social workers, we feel the need to be strong for others. We can take in so many emotions from our clients that sometimes we neglect our own. I am not sure if you feel the same way I do. There is this unconscious fear within me that creeps in and out daily. I specifically fear failure. The last thing I want to think about is failing my clients, my family, failing you, and I don’t want to fail myself either. If you are feeling this way today, you are not alone.
Fear is a human thing. A healthy amount of fear keeps us in check with reality and our responsibilities; it also plays a part in guiding us to do the right things and keeps us motivated. So, fear, among other emotions, and how we experience it, make us human. It is also human for us to decide on how much we let our fear dictate our day. The good news is, we can choose to be in the moment with fear. For me, it has been a stressful week. As someone who comes in and out of depression, I knew it was coming to get me at the time I need to hang in there and finish my works. I fear my depression.There were some moments I wanted to give it all up, but I told myself those were moments and moments would pass.
My own way of coping for this week was to spend an hour watching emotional youtube songs and cried my heart out. Whatever stuffed up emotions I had for the week were out. It felt liberating. Oh man, how I needed that cry.
So, if you are facing anxiety, fear, painful emotion, acknowledge them, as we do on our exam–acknowledge our client’s feelings. In the midst of studying and doing life, how are you planning to take care of yourself this week?