How NEMPN Can Help
NEMPN’s Self-Care Committee aims to help EMPs become more aware of their emotional, mental, physical, and social needs and learn about self-care practices they can adopt to address these needs. We are committed to serving EMPs with different perspectives and from all different backgrounds.
In order to better serve you, the Self-Care Committee is releasing a short survey. This survey will help us determine what the self-care needs of EMPs are and what kinds of events and programming to plan for our community.
What is “self-care”?
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our emotional, mental, physical, and social well-being. Each person will have their own approach to self-care, but the end goal is always the same: to promote a person’s holistic well-being. Ideally, self-care is not something we do “every once in awhile” or “when it’s convenient,” but something that we incorporate into our everyday lives.
- Be an intentional set of practices.
- Change daily or throughout our lives in response to life’s challenges.
- Take just a few minutes a day or several hours a day!
Misconceptions about self-care:
- Self-care is selfish.
- Self-care is meant to drastically “change” us or “fix” us.
- Self-care is the same for everyone. What works for you might not work for someone else – and that’s okay!
Why is self-care important?
Although prioritizing self-care may sound like common sense, taking care of ourselves often falls to the bottom of the list when we find ourselves in challenging or stressful situations – such as bad health, financial trouble, unemployment, divorce, or even a pandemic! However, when we encounter challenging times is usually when we need to prioritize self-care the most.
Neglecting self-care can lead to a host of emotional health and mental health issues, including burnout, depression, and anxiety. Ignoring our needs can also, in the long-term, cause our physical health to decline.
Taking up a self-care routine has the power to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety and combat depression
- Improve concentration
- Elevate our mood
- Increase energy
- Reduce our chances of suffering from physical ailments such as heart disease or stroke
Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care at Home:
- Stay hydrated. Drink a warm beverage or a tall glass of water!
- Take a short walk.
- Call a loved one!
- Take a break from technology.
- Read a book!
- Watch your favorite movie or television show.
- Write in a journal.
- Take a nap!
I have the right to prioritize, advocate for, and take care of my needs. I have the right to ask for what I want. I have the right to set boundaries and make decisions without feelings of guilt or shame. I have the right to cut unhealthy … Continue reading Self-Care Bill of Rights
Have other self-care resources you want to share with us? Please e-mail Laura Santoyo at email@example.com. NEMPN’s Self-Care Committee aims to help EMPs become more aware of their emotional, mental, physical, and social needs and learn about self-care practices they can adopt to address these needs. We … Continue reading Resources for Self-Care
In order to better serve you, the Self-Care Committee is releasing a short survey. Thank you for participating in our short self-care survey! There are no right or wrong answers and all responses will be kept anonymous. The results from this survey will be used to plan … Continue reading Self-Care Survey
Aislinn As a full time graduate student with a job, internships, & other responsibilities, it is necessary for me to actively carve out self-care time everyday. I try to give myself a few hours every night to unwind & not worry about my daily tasks. Every night, … Continue reading How does our team practice self-care?
Interested in learning more?
E-mail Laura Santoyo at firstname.lastname@example.org