Self-Care for Helping Professionals

Jun 8, 2017

We’re building capacity here at PTC!  I’m not talking about the work we do to build organizations’ capacity to reduce health disparities or effectively facilitate organizations. This time, we’re building the capacity of PTC employees to do our best work in the fight for health equity.  How?  We’re taking care of ourselves so we can better meet the needs of other’s!

Our work is meaningful and life-changing for our clients.  But as helping professionals, we must remember to show up for ourselves as intently as we show up for our clients. Our well-being matters and our mission won’t be achieved unless we’re well enough to do the work. To highlight ways to effectively prevent burn-out and create a healthier workplace, I recently facilitated a workshop titled iMatter: Self-care for Helping Professionals. Participants learned about the importance of self-care as a professional development tool, recognize symptoms of burn-out, and strategize to reduce the work-related stress.

As a mission-driven organization with big goals, we’re all too familiar with the effects of work-related stress. But, were committed, as individuals and as an organization, to meeting the challenge head-on by developing a healthier work environment.

Renyea gestures while speaking to staff. Her shirt reads "self-care saves lives."
Staff members fill out self-care worksheets during the presentation

Resources from the Presentation

iMatter: Self-Care for Helping Professionals

During the workshop we completed a worksheet to help us reflect on the challenges and rewards of working in a helping profession, and map out a self-care plan for ourselves.  You can view a PDF of the Self-care for Helping Professionals worksheet here.

Tools we use

Several people shared tools they use to practice mindfulness, meditation and self care.  These include:

Insight Timer meditation app

Headspace mindfulness and mediation site

Micro Breaks extension sends reminders to take breaks from screen time

How do you practice self-care as a helping professional?  What strategies and tools do you find particularly helpful?  Share your insights in the comments.

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