Balancing Professional and Personal Lives through Self-Care

Module Sections:

Self-Care Reflections

Eckstein (2001)

After all the concepts of self-care, assessing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying sources of social support and some of the techniques for self-care, what will you like to do in creating a plan of action with your self-care?

What have you identified as most important in improving your health?

Eckstein (2001) provided simple and practical measures in integrating a plan of action as:

Identify self-care behaviors in each of the five dimensions

  1. Physical
  2. Mental
  3. Spiritual
  4. Emotional
  5. Social

For example if you identify "more energy" is important in improving your health and self care, then what behaviors can you consider in the five dimensions to create more energy? Then choose one behavior that can have the most positive effect on "more energy": for example: exercise. Now think about the first action to take with that behavior (e.g. Walking three to four times a week). The next step is to find support with this plan (e.g. Walk with a friend every Saturday). Remember to keep this simple and "doable" and identify your warning signs to getting out of balance such as skipping exercise for example.