Although I could go on and on about my second “baby”, (here is my first baby) there is nothing I have been looking more forward to than diving into the wise words from our mentors. You see, I have asked over 60 people to answer the following question.
“What would you say to your teenage self.” Lots to unpack here, right?
All About Liz
Let’s begin this journey with wise words from Liz Waisberg (@lizwaisberg) who wrote:
Be Curious. Get Outside, and explore.
A beauty, indeed. I could write about what it means to me. How I see it and how it could affect our readers; however, maybe there’s more to it. Plus, it’s way more fun to get the perspective straight from the horse’s mouth. And, don’t you want to know a little more about the author? Heck, I would!
Meet Liz Waisberg. Social Worker, film buff, and fitness enthusiast who enjoys nothing more than being outside hiking with her goldendoodle Sophie. Paddleboarding and surfing are also a favourite because when Liz is around water, it grounds her. So does spending time with family, which she truly appreciates and loves.
Let’s dissect these wise words from our mentors! I’m sure you’re dying to find out what Liz has to say!
Why did you choose social work as a profession?
I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives. Helping people improve their quality of life and mental health has always been an interest of mine. In my private practice, I focus on helping people discard toxic relationships, increase physical activity, improve sleep patterns and mindfulness, and social connections. I help people unpack their issues and see what areas they can make changes in to help to improve their quality and outlook of life.
What is the most rewarding and challenging part of your job?
I really enjoy meeting and working with my clients. It is so rewarding to help someone address issues, improve the quality of their life and develop alternate ways of managing situations that allow them to be happier. As for the most challenging part? Finding enough time in the day to do everything that I want to do! See my clients, spend time with friends and family and ensure that I am taking care of myself and my own mental health because if I have too much on my plate, I am not doing a good job for anyone.
The quote you shared – Let’s unpack it!
Get Outside, be Curious, and explore
The main idea here is to always be open to opportunities and to take risks. To try something new and outside of your comfort zone.
Why is getting outside so important?
Getting outside gets you into nature and provides a change of scenery. It is so important for quality mental health. Why? It helps reduce anxiety, anger, and low mood while promoting feelings of happiness and well-being. Try this experiment. The next time you are angry, go outside for a walk. Really get your arms moving and breathe in the fresh air. After around 10 to 15 minutes, your anger or sadness may still be there, but it will be reduced significantly.
Why should someone be curious?
Being curious allows people to understand others and learn more about the world around them. It allows a person to challenge narratives developed about other people’s behavior or situations. Asking questions allows for clarification and open communication.
Why should someone explore? Explore what?
There is so much to learn from other people, other cultures, and different experiences – if you don’t explore you don’t grow and learn.
This is what our producer, Lisa Borden (@lisaborden) figured would happen with Get Up. The more you read the stories, exercises and quotes, the more you will get out of it. A first reading is so different from a second or ninth reading, especially when you have the author share their perspective. Who knew that a few words could be so powerful and meaningful. Thank you, Liz, for sharing your wise words of wisdom with us.