While working in helping professions such as counselling can be very rewarding, it can also be stressful and draining. Self-care can help reduce stress and the risk of burnout. The following articles and videos explain what self-care is and can guide you in creating a plan that addresses your needs.
This article from Psychology Today provides questions to help you to reflect on your self-care attitudes and practices. The author guides the reader through judgment-free consideration of their self-care practices (interpersonal, mental, physical, etc.), providing resources along the way.
Too busy to take care of yourself? These TED talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically. Topics include emotional first aid, gratitude and stress.
Self-care is personal, relating to what you need at work and outside of work to look after your holistic well-being. This resource from Reach Out will help you understand self-care, develop your own self-care plan and put it into action.
This article from Counselling Today acknowledges the importance of counsellors putting their wellness first, making the case that self-care enables them to help other people more effectively. It offers suggestions and reflections on making self-care part of your life.
This Careering article by Dr Michael Sorsdahl explains why career development practitioners can be at risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, and how they can use self-care to prevent this.
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