Self Care in Times of Stress and Crisis

Self-care strategies for dealing with stress, trauma and crisis...

When dealing with stress, trauma and crisis, it is crucial that you remember to care for yourself. Those who recover most quickly are those who take specific actions to manage their responses and feelings. Here are some self-care strategies you may choose to try:

Stay away from mood-altering substances, including drugs and alcohol

Get plenty of rest so that you feel relaxed and more able to handle stress

Eat well-balanced meals


Practice stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and visualization

Give yourself permission to feel bad. Schedule it in your day

Let yourself cry

Give yourself permission to feel good

Make small decisions daily to get control of your life back

If possible, put off major life decisions

Shift your focus to someone outside yourself

Structure your time and develop a routine

Lower expectations on what you think you “should be doing”

Take breaks from periods of isolation

Talk it out – even with a professional

Give yourself permission to do something that could feel good to you

Give and get physical touch. A hug can do wonders

Exercise – even a little bit

Remind yourself that your reactions are normal

Engage in practices that are meaningful to you such as prayer, walking in the woods, sitting quietly, reading inspirational material, taking a bath or journal writing

Do something that puts a smile on someone’s face