Helping the Helpers... "But, I have to be strong for everyone else!"
One of my passions, as a psychologist, is to help those in the helping professions, such as mental health and medical professionals, first responders, teachers, lawyers, and caretakers. The people who fill these important roles are often facing high levels of stress, may have difficulty managing work-life balance, can experience feelings of isolation, conflict and resentment in personal and professional relationships, and have a high potential for burnout. When anyone gives of themselves every day, and yet does not also make space to take care of themselves, the challenges naturally begin to mount. This can become overwhelming and lead to difficulty concentrating and performing tasks, interrupted sleep, irritability, depression, anxiety, numbing or escaping through addiction or other compulsive behaviors, and burnout. If you or someone you know is a "professional helper," and you are concerned, there is no shame, and it is not a sign of weakness, to seek the support of a therapist to help unravel "what's not working" and build up healthier coping skills and resilience.
(Pictured here is a Baobab Tree. It is often referred to as the Tree of Life and many have been discovered to be thousands of years old!)