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Physical & Recreational Activities
Physical & recreational activities (Carroll et al., 1999)
Diet and regular exercise
- Each reduces anxiety and supports better overall well being and health. The home-based therapist may be eating on the road or involved in environments that may be less than healthy exposing the clinician to diseases or illness not experienced by the office-based therapist. Developing diet and exercise regimens based upon prevention as well as a response to stress are essential.
- Taking time to read something other than work-related texts can often be a way to take care of oneself and leave the professional world behind for the moment.
- Activities like gardening, collecting stamps, etc. help to set boundaries between work and one's personal life.
- Kramen-Khan & Hansen (1998) stated: "Practicing what we, as clinicians, often preach to clients about prioritizing leisure activities will help create a renewing balance between work and play" (p. 133).
- Reflection: As you consider the intrapersonal, interpersonal, professional development, and physical aspects of self-care, which appears to be a priority?