As advocates, social workers, law enforcement, judges and tribal officials who deal with these issues of disparity in our communities, the need to take care of self is important. A work-life balance is necessary, especially when working in this sector. Time away from the office or taking a break from the work we do to connect with our friends and loved ones are important to recharging. Having time to reflect or having a space to share ideas with others help us bring a positive, productive spirit in our duties.
• Pay attention to how you feel, physically and emotionally.
• Eat regularly and well.
• Take some time to enjoy yourself or be with others outside of work, such as going out for a walk, a movie, out to eat, or attend a sweat or prayer service, or participate in a traditional activity.
• Spend time with people you care about and who care about you.
• Allow yourself to feel-and express-your emotions appropriately.
• Do something physical every day, such as playing with your children or taking a walk, or riding a bike.
• Get fresh air, even if it’s just parking farther from the store and walking.
• Get plenty of sleep.
• Find a creative outlet for your emotions, such as writing, art, humor, gardening, dancing at powwows, playing with your children, or other activities that spark your imagination and refresh you.