Thoughts on Recharging

I have been sharing telemental health tools to use with kids on Tuesdays, but this week I moved that post to Thursday. In the United States, it’s election day, and although I often don’t directly “talk politics” on this blog (even though mental health is political), I thought self-care was a more important topic right now.

I voted early!

Humans are basically cell phones with feelings, and burnout is when we run out of batteries. Most people don’t wait until their phone is completely dead to plug it in, and this means that it charges back up faster. Although you can still use your phone while it’s plugged in, there are limitations, such as needing to stay near an outlet.

We need rest, both to keep up with our responsibilities and to do the fun things that we enjoy. You can’t play games on a dead phone battery any more than you can make an important call or reply to an email from your boss. The fun parts of self-care are not possible unless adequate rest is happening.

For myself, I took the rest of the week off work. Hopefully that will give me time to recharge, plus the energy to do things I want to do and not just the things I have to do. I hope you also get time to rest.

Published by Amy Marschall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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