Taking Care of You!

Helping Yourself and Your Clients Practice Self-Care (ideas and free worksheet)

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP, Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP

Like many practitioners across the country, I have transitioned to virtual counseling and have been helping clients adapt to their new schedules and integrate healthy ways to manage daily stress.

Self-care is a majority priority right now so that we can make our feelings and responses to stress more manageable. The activities "What is Self-Care?" and "How Do You Self-Care?" have been two great ways to introduce the concept of self-care and explore a variety of ways to take care of the body and mind.

When introducing "What is Self-Care?", I have clients use their own words to describe what self-care means to them. Quite often clients share physical ways to recharge like playing a sport, deep breathing or even yoga. "What is Self-Care?" encourages clients to expand their idea of self-care to include checking in with their feelings (the good and challenging!) and ways to distract or declutter the mind.

Physical Self-Care
Taking care of your body through exercise, stretching, or other outlets to let out energy and release stress.

Emotional Self-Care
Acknowledging that you may be experiencing many emotions during the day – it’s ok!

Mental Self-Care
Engaging in activities that help alleviate stress like listening to music, completing puzzles, or being creative.

Next, I follow this activity with "How Do You Self-Care?" as a way to explore new ideas and share preferences with others. Caregivers, clients and clinicians can join in, writing down answers to the self-care preferences; then sharing their preferences with each other and highlighting the similarities and any new ideas or activities to try. These activities are just as helpful for adults as they are for children.

Self-care strategies are necessary to help the body and mind recharge so that we can continue to handle whatever life throws at us.
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Meet the Experts:
Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer, DED, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist, mother, wife and educational consultant. She is the lead author of the CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents (PESI, 2017) and the Parenting Toolbox (PESI, 2018). Her work has also been published in the School Mental Health Journal and the book Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students (Oxford University Press, 2012). Dr. Phifer has expertise in developing the social emotional capacities of children and empowering service providers to reframe challenging issues with a trauma informed approach. She has created and facilitated virtual professional training programs to increase educator’s awareness of trauma on social, emotional and educational growth. Dr. Phifer uses engaging techniques to meet the interests of her audience, providing practical information that can easily transfer into participant’s professional practice.

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Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP, is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience supporting the social-emotional and pragmatic language needs of students and families. Laura co-authored the Parenting Toolbox.

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Topic: Children and Adolescent Behavioral | Mindfulness

Tags: Activity | Advice | How To | Kids | Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Self-Regulation | Therapy Tools | Tools | Meditation | Mindfulness | Mindfulness Exercises

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