A Guide to Self-Care

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Healthcare workers and students know that self-care is an important part of their job. They must look and act congenial and presentable so they can properly care for others. However, with so many responsibilities, life can become flustering. If you have a lot of stress, you could start to lose a sense of self-confidence and the time to take care of yourself.

If you’ve been feeling unhappy or unmotivated, perhaps it’s time to change a few lifestyle habits. Improve your self-care so you can feel more self-worth. A more positive outlook on life and a strong sense of self-respect can even help you become a better healthcare professional because you understand your value in the world.

The Harris School of Business offers students and healthcare professionals this short guide to self-care:

1. Maintain proper hygiene

Cleanliness is important in any workplace, but especially in a professional healthcare environment. It’s important that you bathe regularly, wear the appropriate healthcare attire, and maintain cleanliness by washing your hands and conducting proper infection control. Healthcare workers need to maintain the health of their patients. It’s necessary that you take care of yourself physically to take care of others. However, good hygiene also shows others that you value yourself. Pampering yourself can make you feel good about yourself, but it also makes you more presentable and approachable. You can also stay clean by washing your face, brushing your hair, and remembering to brush your teeth and floss. Taking care of your physical body makes you feel more prepared and refreshed. Plus, you’ll feel more awake and energized for work. Maintaining your physical appearance may also improve your self-esteem!

2. Treat yourself right

Remember to do positive things for yourself to build your self-confidence. Appreciate your progress and your skills in life. Your role as a healthcare worker is an important and giving one, so remember to give yourself some credit.

Here are some ways to be kind to yourself every day:

  • Say/write positive affirmations about yourself in the morning
  • Congratulate yourself on your accomplishments
  • Focus on and present your best qualities
  • Work on your self-growth
  • Buy yourself a present
  • Take time to relax or do something fun
  • If needed, seek counseling
  • Accept and understand your flaws (Remember—we all have them!)

3. Speak positively

One crucial step towards proper self-care is to talk positively about yourself and others. Speaking positively and fairly about your skills and outlook on life can help build positive interactions with others. Speaking about yourself in a positive way may show others your self-worth. When speaking about others, talk positively and give constructive criticism when needed. Speaking positively shows you care about the integrity of the work environment, your patients and coworkers, and its smooth efficiency.

4. Let it go!

Don’t dwell on negative situations you can’t control. If someone is rude to you for no reason, remember that it doesn’t reflect who you are…but who they are as a person. Oftentimes, people are unkind to others when they are either ignorant or are going through a hardship themselves. Try to avoid and let go of other people’s negativity. Remain positive and responsibly stand up for yourself. Don’t let people be disrespectful to you for no reason. However, know when it’s the right time to let go of a negative situation. As long as you’re doing your best, are truthful to who you are, and are communicative with others, you are on the path to self-growth and self-care. In many cases, forgiveness is the best answer.

5. Stay away from negative situations

Don’t instigate negative situations at work or school. Always remember to take the high road. Classrooms and working environments aren’t places for negativity. If there is a situation that is negative, confront it in an appropriate time frame. Ask your teacher or supervisor to mediate a negative encounter or interaction with a co-worker or fellow student if needed. Informing a higher-up shows you are responsible and want a resolution to the situation. Be an adult and remember to act fairly towards others in negative situations. Being mature shows you have self-respect.

Self-care and love are two of the most necessary and important lessons you’ll ever learn. They are the basis for true happiness and good mental health. Using these steps as a guide can help you build the best version of yourself!


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