For those in helping professions like social work in order to build sustainable habits, you need to be able to connect with your best self even when nothing is going right. Rebecca Gomez, PhD, LCSW, is the interim dean and an associate professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Gomez discusses in this article how self-care solutions are external treatments for an internal situation. Your feelings. They can soothe and remedy bad feelings as you navigate through tough situations.