Week 1 Journal

Self-Care Assessment Worksheet This assessment tool provides an overview of effective strategies to maintain self-care. After completing the full assessment, choose one item from each area that you will actively work to improve. Using the scale below, rate the following areas in terms of frequency: 5 = Frequently 4 = Occasionally 3 = Rarely 2 = Never 1 = It never occurred to me Physical Self-Care ___ Eat regularly (e.g. breakfast, lunch and dinner)

___ Eat healthy

___ Exercise

___ Get regular medical care for prevention

___ Get medical care when needed

___ Take time off when needed

___ Get massages

___ Dance, swim, walk, run, play sports, sing, or do some other physical activity that is fun

___ Take time to be sexual—with yourself, with a partner

___ Get enough sleep

___ Wear clothes you like

___ Take vacations

___ Take day trips or mini-vacations

___ Make time away from telephones

___ Other:

Psychological Self-Care ___ Make time for self-reflection

___ Have your own personal psychotherapy

___ Write in a journal

___ Read literature that is unrelated to work

___ Do something at which you are not expert or in charge

___ Decrease stress in your life

Source: Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff of TSI/CAAP (Norton, 1996)

___ Let others know different aspects of you

___ Notice your inner experience—listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes, and

feelings

___ Engage your intelligence in a new area, e.g. go to an art museum, history exhibit,

sports event, auction, theater performance

___ Practice receiving from others

___ Be curious

___ Say “no” to extra responsibilities sometimes

___ Other:

Emotional Self-Care ___ Spend time with others whose company you enjoy

___ Stay in contact with important people in your life

___ Give yourself affirmations, praise yourself

___ Love yourself

___ Re-read favorite books, re-view favorite movies

___ Identify comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places and seek them out

___ Allow yourself to cry

___ Find things that make you laugh

___ Express your outrage in social action, letters and donations, marches, protests

___ Play with children

___ Other:

Spiritual Self-Care ___ Make time for reflection

___ Spend time with nature

___ Find a spiritual connection or community

___ Be open to inspiration

___ Cherish your optimism and hope

___ Be aware of nonmaterial aspects of life

___ Try at times not to be in charge or the expert

___ Be open to not knowing

Source: Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff of TSI/CAAP (Norton, 1996)

___ Identify what in meaningful to you and notice its place in your life

___ Meditate

___ Pray

___ Sing

___ Spend time with children

___ Have experiences of awe

___ Contribute to causes in which you believe

___ Read inspirational literature (talks, music, etc.)

___ Other:

Workplace or Professional Self-Care ___ Take a break during the workday (e.g. lunch)

___ Take time to chat with co-workers

___ Make quiet time to complete tasks

___ Identify projects or tasks that are exciting and rewarding

___ Set limits with your clients and colleagues

___ Balance your caseload so that no one day or part of a day is “too much”

___ Arrange your work space so it is comfortable and comforting

___ Get regular supervision or consultation

___ Negotiate for your needs (benefits, pay raise)

___ Have a peer support group

___ Develop a non-trauma area of professional interest

___ Other:

Balance ___ Strive for balance within your work-life and workday

___ Strive for balance among work, family, relationships, play and rest

Source: Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. Saakvitne, Pearlman & Staff of TSI/CAAP (Norton, 1996)