Self-Care

According to PsychCentral [1], self-care is defined as “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health”. It is important for all of us to look after our own needs, mentally and physically, as they go hand-in-hand. In stressful times, reminders for yourself to practice healthy living can be a source of energy and well-being.

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

As healthcare professionals, your well-being is especially important to maintain, as it is your hard work and resilience that is helping patients. There is heightened awareness and anxiety regarding COVID-19, and the demands of your job are taxing.

In jobs that strain us physically, mentally, and emotionally, it can be difficult to recognize that we need our own care - and make time to nurture ourselves.

FOR CAREGIVERS

It can be hard to focus on your own needs when you are caring for a hospice patient. If you share caregiving duties, the stress of caregiving may create tensions among family and friends, even as you pull together to care for your loved one.

It is normal to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or emotional; by identifying your needs and spending time on your care, you are not being selfish.

SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

An effective analogy to remind ourselves of is, “you can’t fill from an empty cup.” We want to help you take care of yourselves as you take care of others.
Whether you are a community member, healthcare professional or a caregiver, we know your time is of the essence, and it is limited. With the time you can set aside, here are some self-care activities and ideas you can participate in.

1 – 3 Minutes

  • Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence, by Tara Brach [2]
  • Listen to this short cover of “Lean on Me” by our Music Therapist
  • Write affirmations such as these from The Start of Happiness

Up to 5 Minutes

  • Give yourself a back massage, guided by our Massage Therapist
  • Journal with a few 5-minute prompts, such as:
    3 things you are grateful for
    An object that is important to you
    A time that you laughed
    A place where you feel peace
    A favorite photograph
  • Follow a Guided Meditation by our Touch Therapies Manager

Up to 10 Minutes

  • Read one of our recent blog posts
  • Watch a Ted Talk from their series on self-care [3] , All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes
  • Light a candle and sit in peace, breathing in the scent

Up to 30 Minutes

  • Journal with a couple of longer prompts, such as:
    A person you are thinking of
    A recent or long-term dream
    Worries currently on your mind
  • Take a nap
  • Meditation: RAIN of Self-Compassion, by Tara Brach [4]
  • A relaxing bath, with a book and bath salts
Visit our Faith and Comfort Corner

Comforting spiritual content, and an opportunity for community members to send us their thoughts

As we work together to mitigate this pandemic through social distancing, Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice wants to remind you that we are here for you. We are sharing words of comfort with our community. May their wisdom resonate with our hearts, and bring peace and joy to our collective journey. 

Up to 1 Hour

  • Indoor or Outdoor Gardening
  • Watch one of our Building Workplace Wellness webinars:
  • Listen to an episode of our podcast, What’s Important to You?

Taking care of yourself is hard but important. We are here to support you and your loved ones in ways that respect your beliefs, values and personal needs. For more resources, please visit our Care for the Caregiver page. If you would like to talk, if you would like reassurance, or if you need support from our professionals or volunteers to give you a break from caregiving, please call us at 301 921 4400.