Tried and tested coping

Workplace or professional self-care: Actions that ensure you can do your job well and correctly.

  • Regularly take breaks
  • Attend regular debriefings
  • be strict with boundaries between clients
  • attend professional development programs.

Physical self-care: Ensuring you remain physically healthy and happy to have a good work-life social life.

  • Healthy sleep routine
  • healthy diet and eating times
  • Take lunch breaks/coffee breaks
  • No work on down-time
  • Stretch/swim/walk or run, etc.

Psychological self-care: Actions that keep your mind sharp and ensure it can function well:

  • Engage with personal hobby. 
  • Turn off your email and work phone outside of work hours. 
  • Emotional self-care through introspection
  • Allowing yourself to safely experience your full range of emotions.
  • Surround self with supportive friends and family
  • Talk to a friend about how you are coping with work and life demands. 

Spiritual self-care: “This involves having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life”. 

  • Engage in reflective practices like meditation. 
  • Go to church/mosque/temple/nature. 
  • Reflect with a close friend for support. 

Relationship self-care: Maintaining your relationships

  • Prioritise close relationships in your life
  • Attend the special events of your family and friends.
  • Prioritising home over work

The following checklist has been adapted from Saakvitne, Pearlman, & Staff of TSI/CAAP Short Course Trauma Support And Counselling. Hospivision.  Andre de la Porte and Trauma Team

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