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:
- Taking 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.