As I entered the field of social work, the term “self-care” has been a constant term that has been getting drilled into our minds. Faculties and staff keep on reminding us to take care of ourselves, not only in a surface level – but in also in an interpersonal level.

I always said blogging is my form of self-care, and I still believe it is. However, I feel the need to “step up” my game and do something different as my form of self-care.

I understand self-care is completely up to myself and what others may think doesn’t matter. Nevertheless, there is almost a societal pressure to participate in things like meditation, mindfulness practice, yoga, coloring etc.

I wanted to hear from this community as I am on a quest to find my version of self-care. What does self-care look like for you? This may be a short post, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I can use some suggestions.

18 thoughts on “Self-care

  1. For me, self-care is just spending time with something that gives me peace or enjoyment. That could be peaceful music, that could be prayer, that could be taking a walk to a place I have never explored before.


  2. Doing something different and not caring (or at least trying not to care) what others think if I suck. Like, coloring is super relaxing, but if I tried to be “good” at it, it would just become another mallet to beat myself.


  3. I think exercising is a form of self care. I am a smoker so it takes a lot out of me to complete a 30 minute work out session. But after I’m done it really feels good. I can tell a huge difference when I exercise vs. Not. You would be surprised how much a nice walk will do for you.

    I am a beginner but I also like reading. It is a way to escape from your reality.

    Listening to music while I journal is also very helpful.

    I know I need to do more activities to enjoy my life but for now those activities seem to work for me.


  4. For me self cares involves doing something that relaxes me. Taking some time for myself. It could be reading, sitting on the porch in a rocker, watching a movie or meditating/prayer. I need silence even though I am an extrovert. Down time is critical for me.


  5. My favorite form of self-care involves getting out in nature. Surrounded by trees, with nothing but the rustling of leaves and birdsong, it’s a fantastic way for me to broaden my perspective, away from everyday stress. Going to eat at a restaurant with a quirky atmosphere and wonderful food is another go-to of mine.


    • You can never go wrong by going out in nature! I live in a college town, so maybe not the most viable option for me – but yes – eating good food and enjoying the meal definitely is amazing!


  6. Self-care for me is getting away from everything and everyone gust sitting around waiting movies and documentaries and or reading a book and not caring what time it is or what day it is.



  7. Thanks for sharing, I agree self care is so important. I view self care as just taking a little you time to focus on improving your mood/overall health. For me that’s blogging or a face mask with my favorite show.


  8. I am a social worker myself and I can say this field can drain you. But nonetheless my form of self-care is going to the gym, I normally go to the gym with a gym partner. Another form of self-care for me is painting, I feel so accomplished, relaxed and focused when I paint and complete my paintings. A few others are journaling, affirmations, self reflection and blogging.


  9. I would say a combination of exercise, diet, meditation and most of all sleep… each one of us has to find the perfect formula that goes by personal needs and lifestyle.
    For me, the most important thing is to be able to find balance in everything you need to do without stressing out over it 😉


  10. Self care for me is to definitely spend time with my self with no outside distracts. Sometimes I’ll just go outside and sit. I like to look at nature and just be by myself in my thoughts. It’s a simple thing but it really brings me peace of mind.


  11. I feel self care is extremely important and something I am always working to improve upon. Just like everything in our lives, there is always room for improvement.

    For me self care looks like positive affirmations to build my confidence on a daily basis. I find the mental and physical challenges of my favorite hobby, rock climbing, helps me to learn how to push past failure, and never give up, as well as to give my full amount of effort into everything I do. It keeps me focused and in the moment. When i’m climbing I am only thinking about one thing at a time such as where is my next foot going to go, now where is my next hand going to go. Nothing else is going through my mind. It is a powerful therapy session every time I go climbing. All of these lessons I learn in in my adventure to be the best climber that I can possibly be can be applied to everything else in my life. I also feel another form of self love for myself is to eat well, which keeps me healthy and feeling well and allows me to perform my best in all aspects of life. I have many self care strategies and i try to use them daily and i think the more strategies you have for self care, the more they can come together and make you the best you, that you can be.

    I am not a social worker but I work in the Emergency Room and it is an exhausting job to say the least, so self care is extremely important to me to live my best life!


  12. I think self-care is just about doing things for yourself that you benefit from emotionally, mentally, physically. Things you do mainly for you. I think everyone’s self-care can be completely different.

    I think of it as things I can recharge my battery with like listening to music, going for a walk with the dog, re-watching a favorite movie, doing things that are “frivolous” to some like spending extra time on hygiene (long baths with tons of aromatherapy and salts, manicures, so on) or beauty routines not because I am going somewhere, but because t feels good. It can also be realizing that today is hard emotionally so it is okay to allow myself time to recover and not be hard on myself for not being productive.

    Hope you find what works for you!


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