Self care Tips from your Clergy

Self Care Tips

When dealing with stress or crisis, such as this pandemic and related issues, it is important that you remember to care for yourself. By using self-care activities, you can take action.

Everyone benefits from a plan to practice self-care in these 6 crucial areas: physical, psychological, personal, emotional, spiritual, and workplace/professional.

Check out these tips to get your creative thoughts flowing. Finally, consider how balanced your life is with a blend of each of these areas.

Physical:  Take a walk, Eat well, Sleep enough.  Pamper yourself with a luxury bubble bath!

Psychological:  Journal,  Garden or Paint,  List your positive qualities.   Talk things out with people often.

Emotional:  Laugh and Cry, Practice self- love and compassion, Practice forgiveness.

I like it.  I think you could expand under emotional :  the importance of laughter and listening to music. Also reading comical books and watching funny shows on tv.

Also the importance of sharing stories with one another.

Spiritual:  Find a spiritual community, Sing, Pray, Foster forgiving yourself,  Volunteer for a Cause.

Personal:  Figure out what you want in life, Foster friendships, Take up guitar or music, Get out of debt.

Professional*:  Set boundaries, Take mental health days and days off,  Learn something new in a class.

(*Important for those who are employed outside the home as well)

*A Note from Rev. Tracey:

Even tho’ this material comes from the Unit who cares for victims, I think it’s remarkable how many of these 6 areas relate to our life as practicing Christians.  So much of what we do as faithful followers is so healthy for everyone. Yet  Christians often forget/neglect self-care, thinking it is more blessed to give care to others than to receive self- care.

Scripture teaches:

  • Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
  • Mark 6:31 “And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

Material Provided Through “Tools for Wellbeing”,    The Victims Issues Coordinating Committee.