Blog Author: Ashley Guadalupe, MS, MFT Intern Counselor
Something that we’ve begun hearing a lot more of is the idea of self-care, and it’s about time. “Self-care is the ongoing practice of self-awareness and self-regulation for the purpose of balancing psychological, physical, and spiritual needs of the individual (Carter & Barnett, 2014).” Self-care does not require spending a lot of money, or time, but it does require being intentional with the actions you are taking.
For some, self-care requires time alone to unwind, regroup, and prepare to engage with others again. For others, self-care looks like time spent with family or close friends doing an activity that they enjoy. It is important that you determine what approach to self-care works best for you.
Categories of self-care:
Carter, L.A., & Barnett, J. E. (2014). Self-care for clinicians in training: A guide to psychological wellness for graduate students in psychology. Oxford University Press, Incorporated.