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Resilience Approach to Self-Care Guidelines for Those Assisting Community Members Due to Post-Election Stressors

21 Apr 2017 11:08 AM | Anonymous

Diane Bridgeman, Ph.D. 4/17

  • First, acknowledge the work you are doing in helping others
  • Adjust your work schedule for a balance of problematic demands with those less challenging
  • Acknowledge your limits and strive for flexibility
  • Accept support from others
  • Take pride in your professionalism, as well as in your personal development & put balance & nurturing into ongoing schedule
  • Use self-care strategies such as; self-soothing methods for example; meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journal your thoughts, take time to reflect, be with liked minded friends/family, spend time in nature, etc.
  • There is not one specific way for self-care, you need to tailor it for your needs/interests, and not add guilt for times you can’t fit in these nurturing strategies
  • Value the importance of empathy & going beyond yourself, & appreciate that these concepts can co-exist with good self-care
  • Accept appropriateness of boundary setting as none of us can, nor should, be “present” for others at all times
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