Let It Go
By Amy Moran
I often find myself watching my soon to be 3 year old daughter and wishing that I was 3 years old again. To her, life is simple. She finds pleasure in small things and has a wonderful imagination. She is never embarrassed to show off her latest dance move or belt it out to “Let it Go.” Life would be much easier for our profession, if life was so carefree. We go out of our way everyday to help children and families. The families we serve do not have simple lives and we often become emotionally drained working so hard to help our clients meet their needs, and experience some satisfaction in their lives. The nature of the work can be emotionally exhausting. We often forget to take care of ourselves and appreciate the small things in our own personal lives.
I am often the biggest offender of neglecting my own self care, getting wrapped up in helping my clients meet their needs, and meeting my own family obligations. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You can’t help others, unless you help yourself.” I believe this statement to be true and believe that my soon to be 3 year old daughter is the best helper, because she is not bothered by the small things, and knows how to “Let it Go.” I want to take this opportunity to give myself and fellow human service providers permission to enjoy the small things, and when life get stressful, let the small things go.
When you are your wits end and have had a stressful day or week, I encourage you to release your inner child. “Learn to play again. Jump on a trampoline. Go rollerblading. Blow bubbles. Take a walk on some stilts. Spend 10 minutes hula-hooping. Do what you really enjoy, not what you think you should do. And don't play to win at all costs, or impress bystanders. Your only goal should be to let loose and have fun.” (Forget Yoga - Try One of These Quirky Stress-Busters)