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Self Care

Helping professionals often identify their own ACE Scores. Your own combination of resilience and supports may have brought you to a place of wholeness where you have learned to grow through service.

Self care is important to heal from your own ACEs, manage stressors associated with serving multi-problem populations, prevent burnout, achieve integration and “wholeness,” or simply to enhance your presence and ability to build relationships and serve as a role model.

Self care protects the self from the harmful effects of cumulative stress and promotes whole self wellness.

We are whole beings comprising mind, body, and spirit. As such, it is important that we identify self care practices that nourish each integral part of our whole self, helping us to maintain balance in our personal and professional lives. There are different activities we can engage in to maintain this balance while going through our day.

This self care assessment tool, adapted from Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization by Karen Saakvitne and Laurie Anne Pearlman, may help you identify self care activities as you consider ways of building up your self care practice.

Here are some resources you may find helpful as you assess and develop your self care practice: