Take Action for Self-Care Challenge #3: Complete a Self-Care Assessment.
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As we wrap up one year and begin another, it is time to pause and remember to make time for self-care, not as an afterthought or a reward for checking items off on our to do list, but as a fundamental part of our daily routine. With the news of fast spreading Omicron variant sending us on yet another emotional roller coaster ride, it is more important than ever to prioritize self-care.
Even the most passionate and committed people can become overwhelmed by a job, career or activity which they previously derived much of their purpose and fulfillment from. It can happen as the things that once inspired passion and enthusiasm are overshadowed by feeling run down and drained of physical or emotional energy. Maybe we notice that we have been harder and less sympathetic with people around us; maybe we have less patience and are more easily irritated by small problems; or maybe we don’t have the energy reserves to manage and bounce back from the larger problems.
With not enough time to do the things we need to get done, in our job and our personal lives, how can we possibly add something else into the mix? Self-care isn’t always adding something to our life but subtracting something can be powerful too. It is a critical part of the process of getting everything else done because it helps prevent burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps with focus and overall well-being.
In general, self-care falls into these domains: physical, emotional, spiritual, relationship, workplace/professional and overall balance.
A self-care assessment can be downloaded from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work and their website offers a wide range of self-care tools and resources.
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