Self-care should not be a second job

This year I quit a job running a harm reduction program in a homeless shelter. We went from dealing with a fight or overdose or some kid screaming, “Ya fucking bitch!” at us to, “Oh shit it’s six; we have to serve dinner.” Our to-do lists were an arm-length long and we delayed them constantly to attend to the urgent needs of young people with no family support. Sometimes we didn’t have time to pee.

Audrey is an educator, counsellor, and curriculum developer running her own business in Toronto. She writes about social services, mostly. audreybatterham.com.

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