Personal Statement : Self Care

2431 Words Feb 16th, 2015 10 Pages

Self-care for counselors is an imperative part of staying healthy and is essential for maintaining the optimum body, mind, and souls well being. As counselors practice wellness and self-care it will help them balance work with other aspects of their lives, to reduce stress, and have clarity when creating goals. Self-care is about giving you the gift of wellness. In this life we only have one body and how we treat our body reflects on our overall happiness and well being, not to mention our life span and immediate health. Making time for self care is a healthy acknowledgement of our humanness, not a personal shortcoming. It reflects our commitment to the counseling profession and to our clients (Wolf, Thompson, & Smith-Adcock,
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It seems that the correlate is true as well: When counselors take better care of themselves, there is a positive effect on their ability to meet the needs of their clients (Lawson, 2007).
Physical Wellness
To sustain wellness and reduce the negative impact of the work, counselors need to take care of themselves physically, get sufficient sleep, eat a nutritious diet, and engage in regular physical exercise (Williams & Sommer, 1995). "Symptoms are a way for your body to say 'Listen to me talk for a change '" (Hammerschlag, 1992, p. 69). When counselors fail to heed the warnings sent by their physical selves, cumulative stress and fatigue can result. Young (2005) noted the positive impact of exercise and nutrition on mood and highlighted the negative impact of caffeine, sugar, and processed foods on anxiety and sleep. Getting sufficient rest is a critical component of self-care, for people are much more vulnerable to getting sick, making poor decisions, and reacting impulsively when fatigued.
The nutritional needs of individuals vary according to their age, activity level, and other factors. Eating breakfast, developing a regular schedule for meals, drinking plenty of water, and learning to recognize signals of hunger and thirst are known strategies for improved nutritional health (Skovholt, 2001). By paying
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