Creating a Self-Care Plan

“Developing a self-care plan will help you think about the small steps you can take in your own life to build your resilience and reduce your vulnerability to compassion fatigue.”[1]

You have to want to take care of yourself. No one will make you practise self care besides yourself. Yes, they can offer support, encouragement, and even push you out of bed but at the end of the day, you have to take care of yourself. And want to.

You will want motivation and dedication. Without it, self care will feel like too much work and effort.

Do what works for you. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) suggests those who want to practise self-care should create biopsychosocial-spiritual self-care plan. This include physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. While it’s probably best, you don’t have to. You can do whatever works for you. Regardless, you should make a list of specific things that work for you. Do at least a couple each day.

Set goals. Decide how often and for how long you want to do an activity, and stick to it.

DON’T GIVE UP but don’t force yourself either. At the end of the day, we’re human. If you’re having a bad day and are tired/weak, take a day off and try again tomorrow.

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References

[1] Building a selfcare plan. (n.d). Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/concurrent_disorders/a_family_guide_to_concurrent_disorders/selfcare/Pages/building_selfcare_plan.aspx

 

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