working in trauma

working in trauma

I am beyond blessed to be able to say I’m doing something I love for a living. How many people can actually say that? I knew when I was a child that I wanted to grow to be a mother myself. At 25, while I find myself unmarried and with no children, I still have a strong desire to work with children; especially ones who need more care.

Soon after graduating with a degree in psychology, I landed a job as a therapeutic teacher for preschool children who have experienced varying levels of trauma. While the job itself can be heavy and taxing at times, I find it simultaneously stimulating and rewarding. The act of caring for children was instilled in me at birth, and perhaps it is my main purpose in life.

While my current profession is one I believe I was created to do, with it comes the heaviness of a number of worldly struggles. At times it becomes far too easy to find myself overwhelmed and undernourished. Thankfully, during our last training before this new school year, an entire day was devoted to finding ways to care for ourselves as teachers. From the mental and emotional to the spiritual and physical, there are countless ways in which we can take care of ourselves to thoroughly sew into those around us. My therapist would tell me that if we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we need to love ourselves a whole lot.

How much we love those around us truly reflects how much time, love and care we show to the temples we’ve been gifted. We ourselves are so easily forgotten in trying to care for others- but how can we possibly take care of another with a soul that needs some love itself?

There are a number of ways in which we can take care of ourselves, and I am going to try better to get myself into top shape so that I may better pour love into those around me.

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