|Julia Israelski, LCSW, PMH-C
Self-care is not selfish; in fact, it's a prerequisite for effectively being of service to others. I vividly recall my time in grad school, where the mantra "we cannot give from an empty cup" and the wisdom of "putting on our oxygen mask before helping others" were constant reminders. While our program acknowledged the significance of self-care, the expectations and norms often made it a challenging endeavor. Little did I know that this was just the dress rehearsal for the demands I would encounter working in social service agencies, where scheduling over lunch and staying late were the norms.