Self-Care During Clinical Practice

Tools for mental, physical, & emotional balance

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What is Self-Care?

Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, so that you can transmit the good feelings to others. This is especially important in your relationships with students and colleagues. You cannot give to others what you don't have yourself.

The spring quarter can be challenging with state testing, transitioning to new learning environments, and end-of-the-year fatigue, so keep in mind the importance of self-care.

You can view self-care through the following five lenses:

  1. Mental - your frame of mind, equilibrium, sense of wellbeing

  2. Physical - exercise and movement, such as stretching or walking (even a 15-minute walk can make a difference)

  3. Spiritual - as it relates to your personal well-being

  4. Social - connection with others: family, friends, community

  5. Emotional - tame negative thoughts, tap into your values (Emotional Agility by Susan David)

View “The Five Dimensions of Self-Care” to learn more about these dimensions as applicable to your individual needs and unique circumstances.

How To Practice Self-Care | The Five Dimensions of Self-Care

Vibrant has an easy-to-navigate checklist to help you conceptualize specific self-care practices. You can use this checklist to create a Self-Care Action Plan.

How Can You Practice Self-Care?

Two practices to help you sustain self-care throughout this quarter, and beyond, include:

  1. Meditation/breathing
  2. Mindfulness

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior. Throughout your school day, find little moments to rejuvenate your mind-body connection with breathing and visualization exercises.

Here are two suggested resources to help you start practicing meditation:

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. As with meditation, find little moments throughout your day to stop and breath or tap into what you are feeling.

In the video, What is Mindfulness?, the Founder of the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program discusses what it is and why it is important.

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Additional Resources

For MSTEP CPIII candidates who are beginning new placements, please revisit our Developing Rapport newsletter.




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