In my About Me page, I mention that I work at a rape crisis center. It's safe to say that this is demanding and exhausting work. Due to limited funding, we only have 4 advocates to cover 2 counties. Honestly, being on-call sucks. Sleep is limited thanks to getting calls in the middle of the night. And, lately, we've had a surge in calls.
Anyone in the helping profession knows about burnout. It's ugly. That feeling of helplessness/hopelessness. Not giving a damn anymore. Feeling as if you're running in circles making no progress. That's where I'm at. It's not good.
Some people say, "Take a vacation." I wish. The few vacation/sick days I have are going to be used next month to finalize everything for my wedding. So what can I do to escape from this black hole that is holding my soul hostage?
I can read.
Books inspire me. It was, after all, a book by Dave Pelzer that inspired me to work as a helping professional. I figured a good inspirational story can pull me from my funk.
Here's what I chose: Somebody Else's Kids by Torey Hayden
I love Torey Hayden's books. She has had some difficult cases but always seems to make some difference, big or small, in her kids' lives. That is what I hope to do.
Let the book therapy begin!