May 2019 Foster Care Special Edition



Serving others - Do something for someone else or better yet, make it a goal to do something

monthly or weekly for others. It could be your friends, your neighbors or co-workers, but putting

time into reflecting about someone you care about and doing something nice for them is a

powerful form of self-care. This can be a note of encouragement, a gift card or even just an

intentional compliment in public. Regardless, caring for others is not always seen as self-care but

has only positive side effects and can greatly impact your ability to increase your overall outlook

on work and life in general.

One thing that isn’t always mentioned with self-care is that it can be hard. Not everyone has the

awareness or the resources to effectively utilize self-care, and pushing people to take care of

themselves can be a touchy topic. People can be offended or hurt that you think there is

something wrong with them or have concerns about their well-being. Due to the stigma paired

with the fact that self-care just isn’t a reality for everyone, taking the initiative to motivate

someone else can also benefit your health. If you decide you are going to walk every day, invite

your co-worker and work to remove the barriers for them. Give them a ride, bring an extra water,

come with a positive attitude, save all your funny uplifting stories to share during the walk and

continue to model this consistency. Sometimes our peers just can’t get started and if self-care

comes naturally to you, work to help those around you. This can only positively affect the overall

mood in your building. This can have a contagious effect, allowing others as they grow to

positively influence those around them as well.

Bottom line, our jobs are hard and as we have learned, working around trauma can only make it

harder. Don’t let compassion fatigue overcome you. Pay attention to the signs in yourself and

others. Self-care is not extra, it’s mandatory.


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