Self care strategies

For many people, a hectic pace and a demanding schedule can mean self care goes to the bottom of the priority list - if it’s even on it.

It may seem self indulgent or selfish to consider your needs and putting them first. But consider the direction to apply your own oxygen mask first when on an airplane . . . before we can help anyone else, we must first help ourselves.

Self care is particularly important for caregivers, who are at greater risk for burnout and compassion fatigue. The nature of life is that stressors arise. Self care strategies can help us be more resilient when faced with stress. It can also help reduce the physical and emotional impact stress has on us.

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Trauma resources

A traumatic event can be a single experience, or enduring repeated events that completely overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved in that experience.

It’s common to feel emotionally overwhelmed after a trauma, so be gentle with yourself and go slow.

Click here for more information about trauma, and helpful resources for recovering from trauma

Click here for more information about trauma recovery

Slow things down

If the pace of your life is feeling overwhelming, it’s time to slow things down and give yourself a moment. Acknowledging tough times, painful emotions and difficult relationships can feel daunting. Science based practices can offer some comfort and peace. Access them here

Dos and don’ts for the grieving…and their well-meaning friends
Although it’s a completely natural process, grieving a loss can be really unsettling because the only thing about grief is that it’s unpredictable. Whether your loss was the death of someone close to you, someone you cared for or as a result of a transition, it’s important to be gentle with yourself. Here are things for you – and those closest to you – to consider as you process the loss

Click here to read more about riding the grief roller coaster
Click here to read about loss on the job

Lower your stress

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson notes that “no matter how bad it gets, there is always something that can be done to soothe nerves and boost spirits”. Small actions and adjustments can affect stress levels. And not paying attention to stress – which can wreak havoc on the body - can negatively impact your health and wellness. Four long, slow breaths, a cup of tea, listening to music, a quick walk, dancing, meditating or talking to a friend are all things Hanson calls “soothers”. Read more here


If you or someone you care about could use some extra support, click here for mental health resources in the community

Click here to read more about Employee Assistance Program services

Click here to read be resilient


Self Care for Caregivers

Understanding Stress-Disease Connection Part 1

Understanding Stress-Disease Connection Part 2

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