Self Care for Success
Social workers talk a great deal about self-care. We know it is important to take care of ourselves, otherwise there is no way we can be of service to anyone else. So, what are useful ways to think about and engage in self-care?
Everyone must find their own unique path, but one way to begin is grounded in our own social work biopsychosocial framework. Honest self-reflection about your status and how you are taking care of your physical health, your emotional health, and your social/relational health is a good way to structure an assessment of your self-care needs.
Based on a good assessment, the next step is to build a self care plan. There are lots of resources for this. One of my favorites is the self-care web site created by the University of Buffalo School of Social Work. Their Self-Care Starter Kit is wonderful, with lots of information and a great self-care plan template.
Finally, even though it is called self-care, no one can do this alone. Make sure you reach out to friends and family and ask them to support you in your self-care work…and reach out to your colleagues to support and encourage them in their self-care as well.
Take good care—the world needs excellent social workers like you!
– Dean Anna Scheyett
- Aspire Clinic
- Campus Ministry Association
- Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
- Psychology Department Psychology Clinic
- Fact or Fiction: Mental Wellness Resources at UGA
- LGBTQ Resource Center
- Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
- Nuçi’s Space (suicide prevention, counseling)
- Student Veterans Resource Center
- UGA Health Center
- Work/Life Balance at UGA (primarily for staff, but some useful resources
- A Pause for Your Wellness – Mental Health Resources
- SAMHSA Virtual Recovery Resources
- Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities mental health-related resources
- Added March 30: NASW: Self-Care During the Coronavirus Epidemic
- Added March 30: Tasks for Managers in Responding to Mental Health Needs During Social Distancing or Quarantine
- Added April 3: Coping with Stress and Anxiety Amidst COVID-19 (PDF)
- April 3: 16 Ways to cope with coronavirus quarantine and self-isolation
- April 3: ‘What You Need To Know: Coronavirus’ With Virginia Prescott Featuring Dr. Nadine Kaslow
- April 3: Audio files of relaxation exercises (National Health System Foundation Trust, United Kingdom)
- April 3: Strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times (Harvard Medical School)
- April 6: COVID19 emotional support line
- Disability Resource Center
- LGBTQ Resource Center March 23: The Center is closed until further notice. Please check the Center’s continuity plan for updates.
- Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
- Student Veterans Resource Center March 23: The Center is closed until further notice. Please check the Center’s service continuity web page for updates.
- Student Liability Insurance
- Talking to Children About Coronavirus March 27: International Student Life: We are still here for you
- Added March 30, 2020: Voices for Change: John Lash on “The Basics of Nonviolent Communication”
- Added March 30, 2020: Voices for Change: Raye Rawls on Reflective Structured Dialogue
- Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training: Care for Self Modules
- The Intersection, a meeting space focused on inclusiveness for all students, faculty and staff. As of March 13 all meetings cancelled until further notice
- Online Recreation Resources – a list
- Online Game: Kind Words
- Georgia Museum of Art – Check site for online events
- Campus Recreational Sports – Closed until further notice
- International Student Life – Language labs rescheduled online; all other events cancelled until further notice
- Sandy Creek Nature Center
- State Botanical Garden
- UGA Performing Arts Center – Closed until further notice
- UGA Student Organizations
- University Union – Check the UGAUnion Facebook page for virtual activity updates.