Friday, February 8, 2013

National School Counseling Week 2013: Friday

I work with new school counselors in my district, and last night was our monthly class.  One of the topics we covered was self-care, something I have  previously written about.  It's February, and this can be an overwhelming time of year.   Semester grades have recently been posted, causing both joy but also angst and frustration.  It's dark and cold, and mental-health issues can begin to pop up with more frequency on our case-loads. Further, college acceptances are beginning to trickle in, application deadlines are wrapping up, and the anxiety over financial aid and scholarships has begun.  Academic advising season is upon us, and kids and parents are wondering what classes to take for next year that will help them meet post-secondary goals.  For many of our students and families, things are occurring that may be beyond their control, and they look to us to help steady and reassure them.  It is in these times that it is most important to check in with ourselves and our lives to make sure that we taking care of our most important client: ourselves.

I hope that students and staff have taken time this week to thank you for all that you do.  Ideally, you have also been able to share with your communities our role, preparation, and the impact that school counselors are able to have on students.  This weekend, have your own personal celebration by finding time to engage with your families and friends, get some exercise, grab a massage, or just veg on the couch with some excellent bad-television.  Recharge--it's the most important gift you can give to yourself.
 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for your devoted advocating for all of us. It has been a very good week for you. This post of Self-Care is so important and yet something we all neglect. Here is my post about it:

    http://thiscounselorsjourney.blogspot.com/2012/03/flashbacks-to-good-grief.html

    If so inclined, add to the Google Doc....maybe the "excellent bad television." Be well. ~Marty

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    1. Thanks, Marty. Indeed, I think it is in our nature to help others before we help ourselves. Yet, self-care is one of the most important parts of our ethical code--it is worth a reminder every few months to make sure we are engaging in restorative practices.

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  2. You can tell how impactful you are!! You are amazing. I so appreciate your informative and always reflective posts. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Tabitha! It has been a lovely week, and I've enjoyed sharing it with everyone through the blog.

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