Self-Care for EMPs

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. 

Self-care can:

  • 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!
  • Meditate.

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Resources for Self-Care

Have other self-care resources you want to share with us? Please e-mail Laura Santoyo at secretary@nationalempnetwork.org.  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

Interested in learning more?

E-mail Laura Santoyo at secretary@nationalempnetwork.org