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.

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. 

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.


Resources for Self-Care

Apps Calm – The #1 App for Meditation and Sleep Meditation and Sleep Made Simple – Headspace Blogs & Accounts The Happiness Lab Insight Timer (@insighttimer) Tabitha Brown (@iamtabithabrown) Notes from Your Therapist (Allyson Dinneen) (@notesfromyourtherapist) Kate Allan (@thelatestkate)  Books & Articles Journal to the Heart by … Continue reading Resources for Self-Care

Interested in learning more?

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