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July 18, 2023
International Self Care Day
July 24th is International Self-Care Day. As a kinship navigator I have consistently heard how hard it is to take care of yourself when caring for children and specifically children with trauma and complex needs. First and foremost, we do not want you to feel guilty for caring about your children. You are amazing and the care you give is immeasurable. We also want you to know how much you matter and how important it is to take care of yourselves. Often times we see self care as these big huge adventures like hiking, vacationing, or spending a day at a spa. Not everyone has the luxury to do those things and especially when you are busy caring for children day in and day out. This month I want to encourage you to incorporate small steps towards self care such as setting a timer 3 times a day to check in with yourself, take 5 minutes to do deep breathing or stepping away from whatever you are doing for you. Everyone experiences self care differently and my self care could be the opposite of self care for you. Below are steps to starting this self care journey no matter how big or small it may be. If you want to talk through this or get some ideas, your kinship navigator would absolutely love to talk with you about more ways to take care of YOU.
- Write down 3 ways you feel loved or cared for
- What are 3 things you can do to feel more of that in your every day life
- What is a goal you have for you
- Write down 3 steps to getting there
Here is kinship navigators Gabbys version of this self care plan
- Physical touch or physical relaxation, Exercise, Feeling Hydrated
- Massage my own feet with lotion at night, Walk 3 times a week, Drink 100oz of water a day
- To be build positive relationships with my children
- Check in with myself more regarding my mood, make intentional one on one time with them, and Do my above self care plan as much as I can.