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Self-Care A-Z

Don't put off self-care. Do it NOW! Start today, use a strengths approach, be SMART-er, enlist support, and reflect. more

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Regardless of practice setting, job role, or cultural context, social work colleagues across the globe agree on the urgency of practitioner depletion/burnout as a professional concern. more

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Leisure time is not a luxury. It is evidence-based best practice and a basic human right. more

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Why should self-care only be pursued when working in a particularly stressful environment or after a negative event? Self-care is an individualized lifestyle, both unselfish and necessary. more

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A common metaphor depicts self-care as the emergency mask used in air travel. However, the “mask metaphor” is limited. more

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Attainable self-care must counter the prevalent myth that self-care costs money. An informal survey of colleagues about low/no-cost ideas for practicing self-care yielded fantastic responses. Here’s a composite list. more

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Ashley Owen Santangelo’s guest blog post reminds us that, as helpers, we need to be aware of our own mental health and the self-care needed. more

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A recent survey examining self-care practices of social workers identified “financial situation” as a strong predictor of one’s level of self-care*. Financial stressors can contribute to other problems, such as health and relational issues. more

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I invite you to accept a 30-day decluttering challenge for April. If “Spring Cleaning” isn’t your thing, just (re)start somewhere with your self-care. Maybe your shower door has a message? more

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Jennifer Hancock writes about how her agency, Volunteers of America Mid-States, not only made a commitment to employee wellness, but invested in an agency-wide wellness initiative to support that commitment. She committed to her own self-care, too. more

Social Work Month Project 2018

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2018 Social Work Month logo, courtesy of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The 2018 theme for Social Work Month (in March) is: Leaders. Advocates. Champions. How can social work lead, advocate, and champion self-care? more

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about what may very well be the Heart of self-care: Self-compassion. By two of the co-editors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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Elisa Kawam reflects on the soul of self-care and provides three steps toward self-care through simply being. more

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January 23rd is National Pie Day. Indulge in the pie of your choice. And, let’s resolve to treat ourselves to self-care through more PIE (Person-in-Environment)! more

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As we begin 2018, join us in a simple, yet powerful, self-care resolution. The One Word ritual is counter to complicated lists of resolutions.What is YOUR word? more

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Co-editors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals discuss the purpose of the book, self-care and ethics, self-care as a lifestyle,and self-care strategies for social workers. more

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Let’s use this month of Thanks-giving to commit to using gratitude as fuel, frame, and focus for self-care. more

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Autumn is an apropos season for emphasizing the important self-care practice of letting go. Consider what you need to let go. What bogs down your spirit and blocks your well-being? more

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September, 2017 marks the Self-Care A-to-Z blog’s one-year anniversary. In celebration, let’s KISS, i.e., Keep it Simple Self-Care! Social work can be overwhelming. Bad news: Self-care is challenging! Good news: it CAN be simple! more

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Social workers, do you struggle with staying motivated for self-care? Most of us do! At times, we need to (re)focus our approach. One such approach is POP: Prioritize, Organize, and Partialize. more

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