What Are Your Five-Minute Self Care Practices?
Posted on July 21, 2022 by Julie Apold
Our last Self Care for Safe Care topic is Mindfulness and Self Care. Mindfulness is a practice and a way of being present in the moment. Being present in the moment can help you to gather the inner resources you need to take better care of yourself and be more efficient.
According to the Bounce Back Project™, we are in a state of "continuous partial attention." Our culture celebrates people we think are good multi-taskers, even though research has shown that multitasking is a myth. In reality, we can only truly focus on one thing at a time. Think about the driver ahead of you who speeds up and refocuses on driving after hanging up the phone or what you took away from the webinar you attended while reading and responding to emails.
Most people come to the profession of aging services because it comes naturally for them to help take care of others, but it is equally important to take care of ourselves first. We can share our strengths with others if we take care of ourselves.
You can encourage those in your communities to take a few moments every day to be fully immersed in the moment and practice simple self-care activities. One way to support self-care is to proactively identify your Self Care activities that you can easily practice. You can pair a Five-Minute Self Care poster with a Self Care worksheet to encourage others to determine their Five-Minute Self Care Activities.
Happiness is contagious; pass it on!
Visit the Self Care for Safe Care site to find resources and tools for bringing Mindfulness and Self Care to your community.