Y – Your Self Care

Why consider your self-care?

Grief and trauma are experienced in a variety of ways: emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, psychologically, behaviorally, and spiritually. Our minds and bodies can react with shock, rage, fatigue, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, mood fluctuations, isolation, forgetfulness, and loss of concentration. Making time for extreme self care is one healthy way to cope with the myriad of life-transforming changes. Many cognitive behavioral therapists recommend getting a daily dose of the acronym “GRAPES” for optimum mental health. (See the following Single Small Steps section.) Since the healing process is a marathon, not a sprint, it is imperative to stop at self-care rest stations along the way.

How does your self-care promote healing?

• By reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
• By boosting physical energy levels
• By assisting the mind with clarity, focus, and concentration
• By increasing self-esteem and feelings of self-worth

Resources

Handy to Have at Home

  • Bath salts
  • Candles
  • Essential oils
  • Eye pillow
  • Healthy snacks
  • Journal
  • Self-massage roller

How will you incorporate self-care into your healing journey?