The term "self-care" is probably really familiar to you at this point. Over the past several years, the mental health profession has underscored the importance of embracing wellness and self-directed care activities. As such, mental health professionals are encouraged to take time to engage in pleasurable leisure activities with the aim of decreasing stress, guarding against professional burnout, and increasing clinical effectiveness. We all know self-care is important, but do we really have a self-care plan of action? For many of us, there are probably times where we excel at self-care and other times where we struggle to set aside time for ourselves. However, those times when we are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt-out are likely the times that we need self-care the most. It can be helpful to create a self-care Plan of Action. Developing a well-defined plan of self-care (i.e., A Plan of Action) can help individuals remain committed to their personal well-being, even during times of high stress.
Common self-care activities include things such as reading books, exercising, watching TV, spending time with family and friends, meditation and mindfulness practice, or recreational sports activities. These are just a few examples of self-care. When creating your personalized Plan of Action, think about what types of activities or hobbies are most relaxing and rejuvenating for you. If you're only able to spend 10-15 minutes a day on a self-care activity, what would you want to be doing?
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