I swear, one of the most frustrating things in the world is being a social worker with chronic depression. The amount of times I’m told to get my diet and exercise into a good routine because it will help is staggering.
And it’s extra frustrating because I know that. I went to school for that. I teach my clients that.
But I work 50-60 hours a week to take care of men with addictions and very serious mental health issues and it’s hard to have enough energy for myself when I get home every day.
Then of course the negative self-talk kicks in. “Your clients have it so much worse. Why are you so lazy? Just get your shit together. You’re faking your way through life, you’re such a disaster.”
I tell my friends all the time, “Be gentle with yourself.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take our own advice?