It’s been about 3 weeks since I became a child protection social worker. I have learned a lot. And it’s been very overwhelming at times.
I think I need a vacation.
(Just kidding…Sort of)
The main thing I’ve learned: it’s not so easy to turn off my work brain.
In my previous job I was really good at leaving work at work. At not taking it home with me. At having a professional life and a personal life.
Suddenly it’s not so easy.
It’s not so easy to stop worrying.
It’s not so easy to stop planning.
It’s not so easy to forget about the growing to do list waiting for me.
It’s not so easy to forget about the things that didn’t get done today.
It’s not so easy to leave it all behind.
Sleep has not been easy the last week. I can’t fall asleep. My mind keeps thinking, worrying, feeling. I wake up too early and think more about everything, planning my day before it’s even begun.
I don’t know how to stop it. I don’t have any strategies for this. It came easy before, naturally. And now, now it takes work.
But this can’t keep happening.
I’m trying to find the off switch. And finding it might be difficult.
Anyone have any suggestions?