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The Game Plan: Self Care and Young Adults

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Without practicing proper self-care, leading a healthy life will become increasingly difficult. We must first take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. Self-care can encompass many things. It can be broken down in categories such as: Workplace or professional, physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationships. Young adults should work to implement a plan of action to prioritize self-care. Here are some tips to get one started in each category.

Workplace or professional self-care

This involves activities that help you to work consistently at the professional level expected of you. For example:

  • engage in regular supervision or consulting with a more experienced colleague
  • set up a peer-support group
  • be strict with boundaries between clients/students and staff
  • read professional journals
  • attend professional development programs.

Physical self-care

Activities that help you to stay fit and healthy, and with enough energy to get through your work and personal commitments.

  • Develop a regular sleep routine.
  • Aim for a healthy diet.
  • Take lunch breaks.
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime.
  • Take your dog for a walk after work.
  • Use your sick leave.
  • Get some exercise before/after work regularly.

Psychological self-care

Activities that help you to feel clear-headed and able to intellectually engage with the professional challenges that are found in your work and personal life.

  • Keep a reflective journal.
  • Seek and engage in external supervision or regularly consult with a more experienced colleague.
  • Engage with a non-work hobby.
  • Turn off your email and work phone outside of work hours.
  • Make time for relaxation.
  • Make time to engage with positive friends and family.

Emotional self-care

Allowing yourself to safely experience your full range of emotions.

  • Develop friendships that are supportive.
  • Write three good things that you did each day.
  • Play a sport and have a coffee together after training.
  • Go to the movies or do something else you enjoy.
  • Keep meeting with your parents’ group or other social group.
  • Talk to you friend about how you are coping with work and life demands.

Spiritual self-care

This involves having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life.

  • Engage in reflective practices like meditation.
  • Go to your place of worship.
  • Do yoga.
  • Reflect with a close friend for support.

Relationship self-care

This is about maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships so that you are not only connected to work people.

  • Prioritize close relationships in your life e.g. with partners, family and children.
  • Attend the special events of your family and friends.
  • Arrive to work and leave on time every day.

Journey Home East can help

Journey Home East is a transitional living program for young women ages 16-21. This program focuses on helping women transition from long-term treatment to the real world. The idea is to ween them off support systems of being in programs for many years and hone in on functional living skills they need to be independent. Journey Home East helps with scheduling for school, classes, work, internships. This program also provides health coaching, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety tips. Students have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives post treatment. We can help your family today!

Contact us @ (828) 243-6165