Wednesday, January 20, 2010


(Full article here, Self-Care and Self-Help Following Traumatic Events)

There are many ways to restore lifestyle balance, and keeping track of and making progress with as many of the following changes is a good way to regain balance after having been exposed to or witnessed cumulative traumatic experiences:

Physical Self-Care
  • Eat regularly (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Eat healthily
  • Exercise
  • Get regular medical care for prevention
  • Get regular medical care when needed '
  • Take time off when sick
  • Get massages
  • Dance, swim, walk, run, play sports, sing, or do some other physical activity that is fun
  • Take time to be sexual--with yourself, with a partner
  • Get enough sleep
  • Wear clothes you like
  • Take vacations
  • Take day trips or mini-vacations
  • Make time away from telephones

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 experiences -- listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings
  • Let others know different aspects of you
  • Engage your intelligence in a new area, e.g., go to an art museum, history exhibit, sports event, auction, theater 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
    • Find ways to increase your sense of self-esteem
    • Reread favorite books, re-view favorite movies
    • Identify comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places, and seek them out
    • Allow yourself to cry
    • Find things to make you laugh
    • Express your outrage in social action, letters, donations, marches, protests
    • Play with children
    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
    • Read inspirational literature (talks, music, etc.)

    1 comment:

    Shen said...

    Womderful post... what I needed right now.
    thank you