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Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families



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Lesson 3: Self-Care Strategies for Combating Secondary Trauma

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Self-Care Strategies for Combating Secondary Trauma: An overview

Below, please find a few of the possible, positive ways you can address stress.  Jot down the things you do (or will begin making a point to do) in order to better care for yourself.  List additional items within each column.

Physical Psychological Emotional Workplace
Sleep well

Eat well

Exercise

Walk/Jog

Dance

Others:

Self-reflect

Read for pleasure

Say "No"!

Smile

Solitude

Others:

See friends

Cry

Laugh

Praise yourself

Meditate

Others:

Take breaks

Set limits

Get peer support

Get supervision

Use vacations

Others:

It will also be useful to think about some of the less-than-healthy ways that you or others you know typically attempt to combat stress. Jot down some of these unhealthy methods within each category and consider the ramifications.  It's much easier to give up a bad habit if you replace it with something -- just make sure it isn't another bad habit!  Make a conscious effort to put yourself first and replace any unhealthy coping methods you may be relying on with more positive, healthy strategies.

 


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