According to PsychCentral , 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.
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.
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.
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.