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