Hello Wonder Friends!
In the last six weeks, we harnessed the wisdom of the turtle as we honored health, resilience, groundedness, and a slow and steady pace. We needed to schedule in our self-care as we traveled to more than ten different cities this month to teach human services professionals in California and Oregon. 🙂 We scheduled in some nature hikes and delicious food experiences, along with another flotation tank session to wipe away the travel aches and pains. It feels good to enjoy a slow and steady pace while we embrace our self-care. What are some of your favorite self-care techniques? Please share them below.
Self-Care Corner ::: A wonderful free resource:
We are excited to announce that we get to offer you FREE access to all the sessions for the Global Social Welfare Digital Summit!
We offered a live, online Healing the Healer session for this summit and learned a lot of new things while prepping for and teaching the session. (We first mentioned the Global Social Welfare Digital Summit in our March blog post: Work-Life Balance … does it exist? )
We love the mission of the event ::: to engage with helping professionals around the world and provide them with the opportunity to have a conference experience at an affordable rate.
The founder of SW Helper has kindly offered anyone who didn’t attend this virtual event the opportunity to view the offerings, therefore:
You can register for free using this link
Many different topics were covered that had great information. Here is a glimpse into a few sessions that specifically focused on self-care:
Trauma-Informed Compassion Fatigue Resilience
Charlene Richard offered a session on a trauma-informed approach to reducing and preventing compassion fatigue and burnout. She explained the phases of compassion fatigue and burnout and why trauma-informed resilience strategies are necessary to practice.
Helping the Helper: Self-Care in Today’s World
Fabiola Paul offered a session that focused on understanding the layers of self-care and how to identify blockers and overcome them to incorporate daily self-care.
How Supervisors and Administrators Can Protect Against Worker Burnout
Jon Phillips and Sharon Kollar discussed how supervisors and agency administrators can play a significant role in reducing and preventing worker burnout. They address the internal (i.e., within the agency) and external (i.e., outside the agency) job resources related to burnout including supervisor and peer support, access to client services, and relationships with service providers. They note that attendees will leave their presentation with tangible administrative strategies that can be employed at the supervisory and management levels to minimize, prevent or alleviate staff burnout.
Finally, my session is entitled:
Healing the Healer: Designing Creative Self-Care Plans for Work-Life Balance
I use creative expression and mindfulness practices to help address secondary traumatic stress symptoms and create a self-care plan for the mind, body, spirit, and heart.
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May you have a wonderful month!
– Rachel (& Rocky)