Self Care for Counselors

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Featured Slider | 0 comments

Self Care for Counselors

Let me start by being honest. I was one of those counselors who you could often hear saying… “Self care is really important. It’s on my list to do this week.”

Who can tell me what’s wrong with that statement?!

I was putting it on my to-do list but guess what kept getting bumped to the bottom? You guessed it! Unfortunately, I think this is true for a lot of us in the counseling and helping professions. It is wonderful that we are committed to helping others – but if we are not continuously taking care of ourselves, there will be an end to our ability to help others in a healthy and ethical way. And usually that end comes after some pretty rough moments, which can include mistakes with clients, conflicts with our loved ones, and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors towards ourselves.

I’m still not perfect in this area. It’s a work in progress. But I’ve been blessed by my own mentors, supervisors, and counselors who continue to encourage me to invest in myself. Some of my favorite self-care practices are so much more simple than I ever thought they could be: sitting outside, petting my dog, getting a massage, turning off my phone and my email, laughing.

I hope you’ll join me in this endeavor of caring for ourselves as counselors and as people. What are your favorite self-care activities?

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