When it comes to the criminal justice field, what is the hardest part about staying mentally healthy.
career knowledge experience criminal-justice child-psychology I am 16 and I am interested in going into the criminal justice field I was wondering if there were any major mental set backs in your career.
It's also important to use your time off to decompress. Don't get caught up in the overtime and the appeal of making tons of money on your days off, you need to maintain a life and friendships outside of your career to mentally prepare to go back to work.
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Day after day, this wears on you. Especially on night shift, when shadows play tricks on you, and your mind races with thoughts in the silence. Your coworkers are disgruntled and share their problems too. So soon enough, you start focusing on your own problems, to share in the misery.
Staying positive and optimistic is an uphill battle. It takes daily, intentional acts to “work out” and “program” that part of your brain. It can be done though! Communicating with people as fellow human beings helps. When they see the “humanity” of an officer, they can relate. But when officers hide behind their badge and identity as a law enforcer, they separate themselves from the communities they serve. Mental wellness is everyone’s job. Not only do you take care of yourself, but you seek to help others as well. Regular counseling appointments help too! They are needed and should not be considered bad at all.
Finally, regularly remembering the good stuff helps too. The kids that want to give you hugs and high-fives. The citizens that buy your meals. The residents that bring goodies to the station as well. And, the good bosses that grow and develop you all help keep a positive mindset.
I hope this helps answer your questions. Good luck with your career path!
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Best of luck with your career journey!!
Deputy Andy Kessler