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.
During Summer 2021, the Self-Care Committee is hosting a mindfulness book club. On the last Wednesday of each month, we’ll discuss Seema Rao’s Objective Lessons: Self Care for Museum Workers.
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
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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