A career working with others experiencing trauma is hard on the body, mind, and spirit. And we say it’s important to take care of ourselves so we can take care of one another, but how often do we really practice it? Not as often as we’d like, right? To fill our minds, we have regular staff meetings and professional learning. To fill our spirits, many of us have regular religious or other practices. Many of us go to the gym or do some form of exercise, although many might agree it’s not as regular as we’d like. So why not make a commitment to taking care of our whole selves, including emotional supports? Why not make a commitment to self-care, or a care-mittment to our ourselves and each other?
A great way to start moving forward in this area is to use this Co-Care Calendar for yourself or, even better, with your colleagues or a whole staff! It can be more fun and easier to start better habits when we see those around us making the time for self-care. And some of us are better at helping others remember to take healthier steps than we are at getting ourselves doing it, so partnerships can be a great idea too!