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If You Are Caring for Individuals Living with Mental Health Challenges, Take Steps for Self-Care

When working or living with mental health challenges, we often focus on the individuals we are supporting and do not allow time for self-care. Self-care, however, provides us with many benefits that result in our ability to better manage our circumstances.

Self-care can be actions or activities that contribute to the overall well-being of our physical, spiritual and mental health. Self-care practices include a number of lifestyle choices such as getting exercise, eating well, good hygiene, meditating, pursuing personal interests, taking time to relax, getting sufficient sleep and avoiding health hazards such as smoking.

  • promotes healthy growth (physically, mentally and socially)
  • increases confidence, self-esteem and resilience
  • delivers an outlet for managing stressful situations
  • helps with pain management
  • prevents illness and disease, and strengthens the immune system
  • provides a balanced approach to life so that one aspect of life is not so overwhelming
  • enlightens individuals about the relationship between diet and exercise, and mental attitudes and bodily functions
  • lowers the cost of health care for society.
  • improves parental resilience by having time to rejuvenate, which ultimately leads to a more positive attitude when facing the next challenge
  • helps parents to maintain physical and mental health, promoting increased capacity
  • provides children with a positive role model as they learn constructive ways to take care of themselves
  • allows parents to have a separate identity outside of care-giver, or interests outside of child raising, which provides a balanced approach to life and feelings of personal competence
  • educates parents about the effects of trauma on the mind and body, and the impact of self-care as a management tool
  • teaches healthy boundaries around caring for oneself and meeting the needs of those in need of attention
  • connects parents with the community, providing supports and decreasing isolation.
  • prevents professional burn-out
  • improves resilience in managing challenges and stress in the work environment
  • provides a positive role model for co-workers and the clients you serve
  • normalizes for clients that others need to invest energy and time into maintaining positivity
  • provides workers with practical strategies and skills to impart to clients
  • supports a positive work attitude that leads to positive work relationships, positive teams, positive outcomes with clients, and a desirable and satisfying work life
  • reduces sick time and stress leave