Physical Self-Care
• Eat regularly & healthy (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• Exercise
• Get medical care when needed
• Take time off when sick
• Get massages
• Dance, swim, walk, run, play sports or do some other physical activity
• Get enough sleep
• Wear clothes you like
• Take day trips or mini-vacations
• Make time away from telephones
Emotional self-Care
• Spend time with others whose company you enjoy
• Stay in contact with important people in your life
• Give yourself affirmations, praise yourself
• Love yourself
• Reread favorite books, review favorite movies
• Identify comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places and seek them out
• Allow yourself to cry
• Find things that make you laugh
• Express your outrage in social action, letters, donations, marches, protests
• Play with children
Psychological Self-Care
• Make time for self-reflection
• Have your own personal psychotherapy
• Write in a journal
• Read literature that is unrelated to work
• Do something at which you are not an expert or in charge
• Decrease stress in your life
• Notice your inner experience-listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings
• Engage your intelligence in a new area
• Practice receiving from others
• Be curious
• Say no to extra responsibilities sometimes
Strategies for Combating Stress
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Spiritual Self-Care
• Make time for reflection
• Spend time with nature
• Find a spiritual connection or community
• Be open to inspiration
• Cherish your optimism and hope
• Be aware of nonmaterial aspects of life
• Try at times not to be in charge or the expert
• Be open to not knowing
• Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in your life
• Mediate/Pray
• Sing
• Spend time with children
• Have experiences of awe
• Contribute to causes in which you believe
• Read inspirational literature (talks, music, etc)
Workplace or Professional Self-Care
• Take a break during the workday (e.g. lunch)
• Take time to chat with co-workers
• Make quiet time to complete tasks
• Identify projects or tasks that are exciting/rewarding
• Set limits with clients and colleagues
• Balance your caseload so no one day, or part of a day is “too much”
• Arrange your work-space so it is comfortable and comforting
• Get regular supervision or consultation
• Negotiate for your needs (benefits, pay raises)
• Have a peer support group

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