Back in December I resigned from the part time job where I was working with mental health patients in the community. I liked the company I was working for, and I loved making a difference, but the job was extremely stressful, and the stress level was increasing. It got to a point where I felt like I was sacrificing so much of myself that I didn't have much left to give to my family when I got home at the end of the day.
I asked my other part time job (teaching psychology at a local college) if they could toss me an extra class from time to time to make up the difference, and they were happy to do so. I've been teaching some freshmen orientation classes from time to time. Teaching involves very little stress, and is fun and energizing for me.
I cannot begin to tell you how my quality of life has improved. I'm happy to take this step back from working in the mental health community to regroup. I'm sure I'll return at some point - I can never seem to stay away for too long because it's part of my nature that I always want to help. But this time? This time I chose to help myself instead.
Readers, do you have a time lately when you put yourself first?