Please head over to Voice in Recovery and read about a 21 day challenge for self-care! I’m loving the Voice in Recovery blog!
I wasn’t too familiar with the term “self-care” until I began working in the mental health field. However, now, I practice it pretty regularly. I am excited about this 21 day challenge! Self-care is a process of taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally so that you avoid burnout in life. As a therapist, it can be very difficult for me to listen to emotional and traumatic experiences from clients for 8 hours a day. And sometimes, it is hard for me not to feel depressed and mentally drained by the end of the day. Thus, it is essential that I maintain especially good emotional and mental self-care.
Therapists are not the only ones that need self-care. We all do. So many people experience stress on their jobs, financial stress, relationship strains, fatigue…the list goes on and on! But how often do we take time daily to take care of ourselves? Most of us are just too dang busy for this.
I encourage you to take part in the 21 day self-care challenge. You will be amazed at how much more fulfilling your life will be by just spending some time and efforts focused on you each day.
Here are some things that I do to maintain good self-care. You should make a list of your own!:
- hot bath
- resting after a tired day….(really resting & doing nothing else!)
- reading a magazine
- guided imagery (Click here to download an awesome one!)
- drinking hot cocoa (this always makes me feel happy!)
- getting a foot rub by the hubby
- playing with my dog
- being sure to talk to the husband/friend/or family member if I need someone to talk to!
Take care of yourself. You’re worth it!