Last weekend, I decided to take an oil painting class. Due to COVID-19, I hadn’t been able to do this for many months. It was tremendously refreshing. It’s really important to make time for activities that are unrelated to my work as a clinical psychologist. I felt recharged after an evening of painting.
My work as a clinical psychologist has been particularly demanding this week. I’ve been dealing with clients who are experiencing a wide variety of challenging issues. It’s very easy to develop compassion fatigue when you’re up close and personal with others’ intense distress.
I plan on continuing to attend my oil painting class, on a regular basis. It is tremendously therapeutic!