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Create A Self-Care Plan

Have an overview of tools you can use to aid healing and increase balance.

A confusing situation or event challenges our ‘habits of mind,’ which influences our behaviour. To alleviate overreaction requires a shift in focus and perspective.

​Things to include in a self-care plan:

  • Recognise and honour your limitations.

  • Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

  • Be AWARE of the unique signals that your body may indicate you need to pay more attention to your stress load. These can include – disturbed sleep patterns, changes in eating patterns, bodily aches, and pains, frequent illnesses that may indicate your immune system is being challenged.

  • Permit yourself not to always work well with everyone.

  • Permit yourself not to be perfect - No one is!

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Spend at least 10 mins per day journaling, meditating, or doing breathing exercises.

  • Spend lunch away from the work area.

  • Have an interest outside work.

  • Spend time with family and friends.

  • Do not take work home – if working from home, work ends directly after the last client.

  • Set clear boundaries Don’t be afraid to say “NO.”

  • Ask for help.

  • Take a short walk during the workday, even if it’s around home or up and down the office hall.

  • Ensure daily breaks from technology.

  • Build a Time Management Plan.

  • Realistic/achievable goals.

  • Prioritize from the most important to the least important matter.

  • Plan – Break down into small/manageable tasks.

  • Be mindful of BURNOUT – incorporate self and professional awareness.

  • Challenging the way we live and work can alleviate the risk.