Self-Care & Esteem


Self-Care
is an essential survival skill. Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being. Self-care is necessary for your effectiveness and success in honoring your professional and personal commitments.

Practicing self-care will help you:

  • Identify and manage the general challenges that all hard-working professionals face, such as the potential for stress and burnout or interpersonal difficulties.
  • Be aware of your own personal vulnerabilities, such as the potential for retraumatization (if you have a trauma history), vicarious or secondary traumatization (if you work with individuals who report their own traumatic experiences), and compassion fatigue (which you can develop from a combination of burnout and vicarious traumatization).
  • Achieve more balance in your life, by maintaining and enhancing the attention you pay to the different domains of your life in a way that makes sense to you.

Aims of Self-CareSelf-care is not simply about limiting or addressing professional stressors. It is also about enhancing your overall well-being. There are common aims to almost all self-care efforts:

  • 1409924814649Taking care of physical and psychological health
  • Managing and reducing stress
  • Honoring emotional and spiritual needs
  • Fostering and sustaining relationships
  • Achieving an equilibrium across one’s personal, school, and work lives
  • Each of us may differ in the domains we emphasize and the balance we seek among them.

Self-Esteem ~ self-care helps us to develop our being and …

Self-esteem considered an important component of emotional health, self-esteem encompasses both self-confidence and self-acceptance. It is the way individuals perceive themselves and their self-values.

Self-esteem is the way individuals think and feel about themselves and how well they do things that are important to them. Individuals self-esteem is shaped by what they think and feel about themselves. Their self-esteem is highest when they see themselves as approximating their “ideal” self, the person they would like to be. Individuals who have high self-esteem have an easier time handling conflicts, resisting negative pressures, and making friends. They laugh and smile more and have a generally optimistic view of the world and their life.

Self-confidence is one’s feeling of trust in their abilities, qualities and judgment an the belief that we can meet the demands of a task and be confident in interactions with others and in our actions/reactions to situations.

Self-acceptance means accepting yourself fully for the person you are. True self-acceptance therefore comes from an acceptance of the things you like about yourself, an the things you don’t. As a result, self-acceptance is something that you do. It is an active process that involves a willingness to experience thoughts, feelings and emotions without denial or evasion.

The lack of self-acceptance involves an unwillingness to experience these thoughts, feelings and emotions, thereby leading to a rejection of the self, or self-rejection. To be self-accepting therefore means to honestly accept the facts of your reality, rather than trying to deny, disown or repress the things which you don’t like about yourself or your life.

Sources:
http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/resources/self-care-starter-kit/introduction-to-self-care.html
http://www.healthofchildren.com/S/Self-Esteem.html http://www.eruptingmind.com/how-to-love-and-accept-yourself-self-acceptance/