We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Guerrero and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve always have tried to make a clear divide between my work and my hobbies. However, in light of the pandemic, it has been increasingly more difficult to separate work from home, since I spent half of work time working from home. The other half is spend in the office. Since I work in the mental health sector, more individuals have been seeking community mental health services due to the growing mental issues that stem from the stressors of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This translates into a higher caseload for myself and my colleagues, and overall more work and overtime. I got to a point where I realized my own mental health was in jeopardy trying to save others mental health and I asked for help due to emotional fatigue and burnout. I realized I have to keep myself well in order to help others. This means practice self care and setting boundaries at work.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my short life of 28 years, it’s been a trifling journey to get to where I am at. I decided on the community college route and at one point, I was attending 3 separate community colleges at once. I earned two A.As and transferred to UC Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley and earning my B.A, I took time to work and was accepted into UCS School of Social Work. It was far from easy, but it opened up opportunities for myself personally and vocationally. I learned that the most difficult times during school was where I learned the most about myself, of my limitations and what I was truly capable of. I realized through my own personal experiences that I am able to give back to my community.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is one of those cities that has an array of sights and hidden gems to offer. There so many food options here; some of my personal favorites are a few different ramen spots from Little Tokyo, Yang Chow’s in Chinatown, or the taco trucks in South LA. I would love to take them to go hiking in the Malibu hills, and get away from the city for a little. Or somewhere like the Griffith Observatory or the Getty Center. Window shopping at places like 3rd street Promenade or the Grove are nice in the evenings. You can spend a whole day at some of these places.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to take a moment to the mental health professionals and organizations that are stepping up and giving back to the community by offering free mental health services during this stressful time. Thank you!

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