Self-Care for Practitioners: Daily Self-Care

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Now that we’ve discussed burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue, it’s time to learn more about how to take care of yourself! We will break down a lot of these ideas next week, but today’s blog is focused on daily self-care.

Daily Self-Care Check-Up

Take time each day to ask yourself these questions so you can gauge your stress level and well being

  • Are you feeling angry or irritated?
  • Are you feeling anxious or nervous?
  • Do you feel you may be in denial?
  • Do you lack motivation or have trouble focusing?
  • Are you feeling more tired than usual or are you feeling overwhelmed?
  • Are you having trouble sleeping?
  • Are you using any substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
  • Are you feeling sad or depressed? (Seek help if these feelings are extreme)
  • Are you grieving for someone who died from COVID?

Daily Personal Care Check-Up

Make time each day for each of these activities to make sure you are taking time for self-care

  • Sleep at least 7 hours
  • Take vitamins or necessary medications
  • Ate at least three balanced meals
  • Make time for personal hygiene
  • Engage in 30 minutes (or whatever you can do!) of moderate activity like fast walking or running
  • Recharge yourself with music, journaling, meditation, time with friends or family or some other activity you prefer

Having a Rough Day?

When days seem especially bad, here are some ideas for things you can do to reduce stress and work on your mental health and well-being

  • Connect with someone supportive
  • Write down your thoughts in a journal or on a piece of paper you can throw away if you don’t want to keep what you have written
    • If you need some journal prompts, consider a few of these ideas:
      • What do I need to be at my best?
      • What was the best thing that happened today?
      • What inspires me?
      • What gave me hope today?
  • Relax your mind and body with meditation, yoga, or a religious or spiritual activity
  • Make your basic needs a priority and let less important tasks wait until you are able and ready to tackle them
  • Take a day off – Whether it’s work or another obligation, it is ok to take time off when you really need to

 

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