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I Seriously Need to Make Time for Me!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I have been very swamped with work - working at least 12 -16 hour days each day almost 7 days per week. If I did not get what needs to be done at work, I bring it home. This is becoming very ridiculous!

I understand that for the first month of a whole new staff and clients at 2 of my 3 group homes will cause some chaos, but it is ridiculous when toilets are constantly clogged, alarms going off all the time, clients having massive behaviors due to being out of their elements and staff is clueless, not having all my staff medically trained, having gaps in the staff schedules where I have to cover...sigh...

I am exhausted! I WILL be going on vacation far, far, far away in the first week of August. I will be gone for 9 full days! So excited!!!

My weight has now started to go up on the scale. My walking / jogging has almost completely stalled. Whenever I do jog, I am no where near to what I was doing last year.

So, I decided that after my vacation, I will seriously make some time for ME! My supervisor is totally on board with this. She told me that I don't have to answer every "crisis" or work the hours I have been doing. Tomorrow is another day... Other case managers that I have been talking with said they refuse to work more than 50 hours per week and absolutely refuse to work weekends unless they are on-call for that weekend.

So this is what I will be doing after I come home from vacation...seriously cutting back in my hours! By then, my staff should be used to their new assignments, clients will be back to their routines, etc...and I will take time for ME!

If this does not work, then I will be looking for a new job within a year...I still have about 6-9 months of LCSW supervision before I can take the exam...

Once I do take the exam and hopefully pass, I will definitely be looking for a counseling position!

Deborah
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BURGUNDYBABE 7/16/2014 10:46AM

    It's very difficult to say no to emergency situations, but it is required for health. Had a similar thing come up this past weekend, but after already getting in 50 hours with no days off I just declared no.

Before you can help other people you have to take care of yourself.

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THEGROOVYCHICK 7/14/2014 1:14PM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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144AUTUMN 7/13/2014 1:31PM

  You can do it!!

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NYARAMULA 7/13/2014 12:58PM

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