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Self-Care for Health and Well-Being

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to explain the importance of self-care, barriers to self-care, and self-care practices that support health and well-being.
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Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do or put aside in favor of tending to others. Good self-care involves small self-care habits that, when done regularly, have the ability to greatly enhance your body, mind, and spirit. When you care effectively for yourself, you benefit and so do others in your life.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • State why self-care is important for health.
  • Define "stress."
  • Compare and contrast burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Identify barriers to self-care.
  • Describe various self-care practices for health and well-being.

On an airplane, in an emergency, the oxygen mask drops down in front of you. What should you do? We have all been taught that the first rule is to put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist anyone else, including a child. This is because when we help ourselves first, we can then effectively help others.

This is an important guideline to remember when considering the practice of self-care. It is impossible to give to others if you do not also give to yourself. Some say self-care “is like pouring water from a vessel.” You can only keep pouring the water if you refilling the vessel. Otherwise, it will eventually run dry (Blum, 2014).

Many individuals struggle with caring for themselves appropriately. For example, healthcare providers are taught to care for others, and it is often deeply ingrained in their life’s purpose as well as career standards. Caregivers and others who take care of family members also place themselves and others’ needs before their own. Reasons for not taking care of one’s self vary. For some, it is difficult to find selfcare activities that match their interests and that can be easily incorporated into their lives. Other individuals struggle with even being able to express that they need to take times for themselves. Yet self-care is a vital component of health and wellbeing. Self-care helps us cope with the stresses of life and work—stresses that can lead to exhaustion, tension, irritability, resentment, low self-esteem, fatigue, burnout, difficulty making appropriate decisions, and even detrimental health consequences (Blum, 2014)

In the healing professions, the act of self-care is especially important to include in one’s health regimen. Most caring professionals seek meaningful, positive work experiences. However, healthcare is a challenging profession with many competing, (often exhausting) demands. As a result, the percentage of negative, nonmeaningful experiences often outweighs the percentage of positive, meaningful ones. When this occurs, burnout and compassion fatigue can result. The helping professions, in general, experience a degree of tension between giving and taking, between other-care and self-care. In these professions, giving of oneself is the constant requirement for success and is a precious service. According to Skovholt and Trotter-Mathison (2016), the best health professionals struggle the most and figure it out, or they leave, burn out (from the inside out), and their hope for balance dies with it. Many believe this burn out occurs because it is not natural to put the Other before the Self. The human senses—smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing— are developed to protect the self and not others. To know the world primarily through others is like “swimming upstream” and it is very hard to do (Blum, 2014).

Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do or put aside in favor of tending to others. Good self-care involves small self-care habits that, when done regularly, have the ability to enhance your body, mind, and spirit. When you care effectively for yourself, you benefit and so do others in your life.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Intermediate

Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

August 23, 2020

Instructor(s):
  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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