“You, yourself, as much as any body in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
Taking the time to reflect, to listen to your body, your mind, your spirit, to understand and honour your needs and preferences, to care for your own well-being…
The literature suggests, and it is my experience, that individuals who work in helping professions, such as those in health care, will often neglect self-care. How can we expect to care for others, our family, our friends and our patients, if we are not tending to ourselves!?
Spring is in the air in Toronto. What better time to establish, or re-establish, the practices that bring you joy, energy and fulfillment. Self-care is not about being selfish, it is about putting ourselves first once in a while, so that we can be happy and healthy, and ultimately give more to the world around us.
Below are articles and resources that I have discovered that speak to the significance of, and strategies for, practicing self-care:
Why Self-Care Is So Important – An in-depth article from lifehacker that provides several scientifically supported strategies for improving self-care.
Your Ultimate Self-Care Assessment (with resources!) – An extensive list of categorized self-care questions and resources, from Psychology Today.
Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Compassion Satisfaction: Top 12 Self-Care Tips for Helpers – Self-care strategies, specifically for those in helping professions, from Compassion Fatigue Solutions.
45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul – A unique list of accessible ideas for practicing self-care, including play.
UHN Wellness My Time VIP Membership – An opportunity for UHN employees to access and utilize Wellness spaces and resources, 24/7.
Take care. You deserve it.