Tips, suggestions, and a cool new service in California aiming to curb the stresses of caring for others through the love of leisure and recreational pursuits.
1. Accept Help! – Everyone feels they can tackle problems on their own. Its our job right? Programming for those in our facilities is our JOB, if we can’t do our job then what are we doing!? Don’t get in this mind set. EVERYONE needs help and you should be able to lean on others within your workspace to aid you with your work load or just an ear to vent.
2. Focus on what you CAN do – As professionals, we tend to focus so much on what we can’t do or what we aren’t doing. What programs haven’t I tried? What am I doing wrong? Why can’t I get this right? Start thinking about all the things you are doing well, that have gone right, and all the clients you have helped!
3. Connect with others – Being able to talk and connect with others in your field is a huge part in being able to combat the stresses of the job. That is one huge reason I started “What The Rec” in the first place! Ensuring those in the field have others to reach out to in times of need is a great way to have a social network of support and inclusion — you are NEVER alone in your struggles.
4. Set Personal Goals – Being able to take a step back and not let your work consume your life is key to avoiding or climbing out of burnout. Set personal goals for yourself, do you like yoga? Make sure you go to your favorite class once a week! Do you like to read? Set a goal to read for an hour before you fall asleep each night. Setting personal goals, that are not related to your work life will help regain your work/life balance and ensure you are not constantly feeling stressed.
5. Seek support/professional respite – If aiming to do what you love or find joy in is becoming tiresome, you are lost in what you might want to do, or maybe you just need a little more guidance on wading the waters of stress and burnout you might need the help of a professional. Some great options are a mental health therapist, psychologist, or even a recreation specialist that focuses on supporting and inspiring caregivers!
Mrs. G the RT has worked with many ages and populations and has been unable to find one she didn’t enjoy helping to find happiness and joy in life. While providing high quality care to clients during her career, she found that the providers are all so busy helping others, we rarely take the time we need to help ourselves and give ourselves the permission to rest and refresh with our own interests. With this knowledge Mrs. G the RT decided to branch out and start a Private Practice Recreation Therapy Service to focus on providers and preventing Care Giver Burnout. We all need to have time to reset and often caregivers feel badly or guilty for needing this. Mrs. G the RT is here to show you that it’s O.K. to take time for yourself and provide you with the opportunities to do so.
Marly (Mrs. G) is certainly the advocate we will ALL need in on our sides! California, you all certainly lucked out on that one! Marly Griffith is a New England native that transplanted to California almost 1 year ago. She is a passionate Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist that graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation in 2017. Her whole life she has been dedicated to helping others in any way she can. She enjoys creating art through various mediums and loves to help heal her clients through the arts and wellness. She currently offers a variety of services including:
- program development
- program facilitation
These services are aimed to combine her love of therapeutic recreation, helping others are deep understanding that without someone in your corner, your leisure interests can falter! Work with Mrs. G to ensure you are being your very best self at work, at home, and in all aspects of your life.