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Physical Self-Care

- Eat regularly (e.g. breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

- Eat healthily

- Exercise

- Get regular medical care for prevention

- Take time off when sick

- Get massages

- Dance, swim, walk, run, play sports, sing, or do some other physical activity that’s fun

- Get enough sleep

- Wear clothes you like

- Take vacations

- Take day trips or mini-vacations

- Make time away from telephones, pagers, email, internet

Psychological Self-Care

- Make time for self-reflection

- Have your own personal psychotherapy

- Write in a journal

- Read literature that is unrelated to work

- Do something at which you are not expert or in charge

- Decrease stress in your life

- Notice your inner experience – listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings

- Let others know different aspect of you

- Engage your intelligence in a new area, e.g., go to an art museum, sports event, theatre performance

- Practice receiving from others

- Be curious

- Say no to extra responsibilities sometimes

Emotional Self-Care

- Spend time with others whose company you enjoy

- Stay in contact with important people in your life

- Give yourself affirmations, praise yourself

- Love yourself

- Reread favourite books, re-view favourite movies

- Identify comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places and seek them out

- Allow yourself to cry

- Find things that make you laugh

- Express your outrage in social action, letters, donations, marches, protests

Spiritual Self-Care

- Make time for reflection

- Spend time with nature

- Find a spiritual connection or community

- Be open to inspiration

- Cherish your optimism and hope

- Be aware of nonmaterial aspects of life

- Try at times not to be in charge or the expert

- Be open to not knowing

- Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in your life

- Meditate

- Pray

- Sing

- Spend time with children

- Have experiences of awe

- Contribute to causes in which you believe


Thank you Compassions Strengths for these lists.

- Read inspirational literature (talks, music, etc.)

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