Self-Care Tips & Tools

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.

The following resources have been gathered to assist you in developing a self-care plan.

Online Resources

What Is Self-Care and Why Is It So Important for Your Health?  |  Everyday Health (USA)

What is Self-Care esstenital Today?  |  International Self-Care Foundation (UK)

The Importance of Self-Care for Nurses and How to Put a Plan in Place  |  Purdue University (USA)

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Care for Nurses  |  RegisteredNursing.org (USA)

How to do Self-Care And 3 Dumb Reasons You Don't Do Self Care (Video)  |  Therapy In A Nutshell

Mental Health First Aid COVID-19 Self-Care & Resilience Guide  |  Mental Health Commission of Canada

 

Ted Talks

Susannah Winters: Self-Care - What Is It Really?  |  Watch Video

Self Care breaks the myth that self care is a wine party, Netflix binge, or pedicure social. Self care is what's needed for your well-being and should always leave you with more energy and feelings of revitalization. Often, the activities that are described as self-care leave you more depleted and with less energy. This talk will break the myth and discuss the 4 components of self care that will support your overall wellness; -nourishing foods, -stillness & movement, -time in nature, and -self expression. 

Guy Winch:  Why we all need to practice emotioanl first aid  |  Watch Video

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don't we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don't have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

Brene Brown:  The power of vulnerability  |  Watch Video

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Pico Iyer: The are of stillness  |  Watch Video

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It's the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.