Self Care Strategies Table

Personal Assessment of Self-Care Strategies (Taken from: Living through Loss, Nancy R Hooyman and Betty J Kramer)

How frequently do you do the following? 1. Often 2. Sometimes 3. Rarely  4. Never

Physical   Psychological   Emotional   Spiritual   Professional  
Eat Regularly   Take day trips   Spend time with others whose company you enjoy   Make time for reflection

 

  Take time to chat with co workers

 

 
Eat Healthily

 

  Turn off the phone and make time for reflection   Stay in contact with important people in your life   Spend time in nature

 

  Balance your work load so no one day or part of the day is ‘too much’  
Exercise   Have your own counselling or therapy   Give yourself affirmations/ Praise yourself   Find a spiritual connection or community   Make quiet time to complete tasks  
Get regular medical care   Keep a diary or journal   Love yourself

 

  Be open to inspiration   Get regular supervision and support  

 

 

Get medical care when needed   Read a book

 

  Re read favourite books or watch favourite films   Cherish your hope and optimism

 

  Have a peer support group  
Take time off when sick

 

  Attempt to minimise stress in your life   Identify comforting activities, objects, people and relationships and seek them out.   Be open to not knowing   Strive for balance in work life and play

 

 
Get enough sleep

 

  Do something at which you are not in charge

 

  Let yourself cry

 

  Identify what is meaningful to you and it’s place in you life

 

  Develop some open understanding with colleagues about what is going for you in your life.  
Get massages

 

 

Dance, swim, walk, run, play other sports   Listen to your thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and feelings   Find things that make you laugh   Meditate, pray, sing

 

     
Wear clothes you like

 

  Let others know different aspects of you   Express your anger in a safe and supportive environment   Contribute to causes in which you believe      
Take holidays

 

  Practice receiving from others       Read inspirational literature      
    Say no to extras       Be aware of your  surroundings