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What are your day to day responsibilities that you have to deal while counseling other people during there hard times.

Do you ever spend time to yourself once your done dealing with the people that you talk during the therapy hours and what do you do to ease your mind? what i mean by that is do you go for a walk or do you go to your favorite place to just relax yourself form a long day at work.

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Felicia’s Answer

I’m not a therapist but I studied psychology and have a decent amount of experience counseling others. I think this applies to anyone in any line of work that involves another persons emotional health. Everyone is different of course, but I have found that yoga and meditation are helpful. Depending on your personality type/style you might feel better with alone time taking a walk or jog or even a bath and reading or cooking etc. Maybe you’d prefer to dance it all out alone or with friends or have a vent session (keeping confidentiality in mind of course), and a night with a close friend or family member. However you choose to find peace, it is so important to have your own professional to talk to as well.
Thank you comment icon I am really grateful you took the time to answer this question. Charles
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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Charles,

So, many therapists have their own therapist to help with their mental health. And surprisingly, because therapists are also human, they can have the same mental issues that they help others with. I highly recommend the book "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb, as that book did a great job of allowing the reader to delve into her life as a therapist and as someone who receives therapy.

As for coping mechanisms, I can speak from personal experience that everyone is different, and different coping mechanisms will have varying amount of effectiveness for different people. For me, my favorite coping mechanisms are spending time in nature, reading, and journaling; but for others, it might be dancing, cooking, painting, writing, exercising, etc. It's awesome that you're thinking about coping mechanisms, because if you try them out before you really need it, you'll know what works best for you!

Anyways, I wish you the best of luck Charles!

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Thank you comment icon Thank you for answering my question and I am going to look into the book that you subject to me I hope that in the library or on amazon. I really do appreciate you replying to my question so thank you and have an great day. Charles
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Margaret’s Answer

Hi Charles, I've been a mental health and substance use counselor for 22 years. I am also a clinical supervisor and one thing I've always worked with my supervisees on is self-care and signs of burn out. It is vital for those in the helping profession to have a good work-life balance as well as the ability to recognize signs of burn out. Some strategies that work for me are: leaving work at work, spending time alone or with others to re-energize (I'm an extrovert, so sometimes being with others is helpful) and expending physical energy playing soccer or working out. Hope this is helpful. Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for re-insuring me that there is a balance between working and giving time to yourself because I'm no professional counselor however I really do like giving my friends advice on how they should go about things in life and in relationships as well although it is draining at times we all do need a break every now and then. I don't really place sports however i do like to be outside and enjoy nature and just lay in the grass. Thank once again Ms. Margaret for taking the time out of your day to reply to my question and have a wonderful day. Charles
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Tiffany’s Answer

Hi Charles!

I'm not a therapist, but I do work in Human Resources, and we help employees every day through very challenging situations. On occasion, those situations can be very tough to hear about or work through, so I personally have a fairly robust self-car regimen. I do have a therapist that I meet with every two weeks or so. I also take time each day to do something that involves physical activity and something relaxing to me. That can be play time with my dogs, or writing, or swimming. Meditation is very helpful too.

It's taken me time, but I have learned to allow myself to feel my emotions and not try to tuck them away. Sometimes the release of energy that emotions can put on us is very helpful. I also never want to stop empathizing with people. I think that's what's made me successful in my field of work.

Hope this helps and that you are taking time for yourself as you go along your journey.
Thank you comment icon Thank you Ms. Tiffany for helping me understand that when we do give people advice we can learn a thing or two from them that we can use in our everyday life also this really did help me to gain the understanding that we're all going through things and we have make sure that we keep our energy at a positive state and not a negative one. This made me want to catch up on my meditation also have a wonderful day and thank you yet again for replying to my question Charles
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