Self Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.”

Audre Lorde

Taking Care of Yourself

Self-care is about taking care of ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is about (re)learning how to be gentle with ourselves and, paying attention to and tending to our needs.

It can be hard to set aside time for ourselves when the people and communities we work with are in crisis or when we’re trying to change systems of oppression. It can also be difficult to maintain boundaries when the people we are supporting are friends, family, or community members. It’s OK to feel conflicted.

As active members of our communities, when we take care of ourselves, we are also taking caring of others.  Self-care is many things to many people.  Review the information circle for ideas on what self-care can involve.



  • Setting boundaries for, or taking breaks from, social media
  • Journaling
  • Setting, and working towards, personal goals
  • Engaging in volunteer work that is different from your paid work
  • Having hobbies/interests


  • Eating regularly/ food that makes you feel good
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Getting enough rest
  • Being physically active
  • Relaxing (taking a bath or hot shower, getting a massage, drinking a hot cup of tea)


  • Practicing spirituality/faith
  • Making time for self-reflection
  • Meditating
  • Connecting with nature
  • Mi’kmaq, and other Indigenous people, can utilize traditional cultural and spiritual practices. See Indigenous Perspectives module. 


  • Taking time to process your emotions
  • Expressing gratitude (for friends, family and coworkers, for example)
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Asking for help at work and in your personal life
  • Expressing yourself creatively


  • Connecting with friends
  • Embracing fun
  • Laughing


  • Noticing the joys and achievements of the work
  • Connecting with allies at work
  • Delegating at work and in your volunteer roles
  • Setting, and sticking to, limits when it comes to paid and volunteer work 

Reflection Activity:

After reviewing the information circle above on self care, what else may be included when considering self care?  Add your ideas to your notes.

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