Self-Care Tips for Activity Professionals

Self-Care Tips for Activity Professionals

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

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Navigating challenging times can be immensely stressful and overwhelming. Whether you're dealing with work-related pressures or personal life demands, it's crucial to find ways to prioritize self-care and maintain your well-being.
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Navigating challenging times can be immensely stressful and overwhelming. Whether you're dealing with work-related pressures or personal life demands, it's crucial to find ways to prioritize self-care and maintain your well-being.

Caring for yourself is not selfish; it's a prerequisite for effectively caring for others. Here are some practical self-care strategies to help you.

Recharge at Home

Your time away from work or other responsibilities is invaluable for recharging. To make it easier to relax at home, consider these ideas to unwind and rejuvenate:

  • Enjoy a soothing hot shower or bath.
  • Take leisurely walks in your neighborhood.
  • Spend time on your porch or patio, savoring the fresh air.
  • Connect with nature by tending to your plants or garden.
  • Host spontaneous dance parties with loved ones or dance solo.
  • Occasionally, let household chores wait and simply sit down to relax.
  • Watch a comedy show or engage in activities that bring you joy.
  • Temporarily disconnect from screens, such as TV and social media, to clear your mind.

Find Calm Moments at Work

Work-related stress or the demands of daily life can take a toll on your well-being. Here's how you can create opportunities for calmness without adding extra work:

Give yourself and your team the gift of calm moments without adding extra work to your already busy day:

  • Schedule time for each team member for breaks; make sure everyone is taking time away from their duties for at least 15 minutes twice per shift
  • Clean off your office desks; less cluttered spaces lead to increased creativity and decreased stress
  • Diffuse lavender essential oils in your activity office
  • Have flameless candles in your activity office
  • Plan morning and afternoon check-in meetings as a team; everyone says how they are feeling, what they are worried about, what they are thankful for
  • Write encouraging phrases on post-it notes and put them on the office door so staff see it (a simple  “I’m thankful for you” works wonders)
  • Practice stress-relief techniques, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and physical relaxation exercises.
  • Go on walks during your lunch break
  • Encourage everyone to drink plenty of water (perhaps start a hydration challenge?)

Delegate Wisely

Recognize that you don't have to carry the weight of all responsibilities on your own. Consider delegating tasks to capable individuals around you:

  • Develop new activity ideas
  • Create 1:1 schedules
  • Create and copy activity packets with independent leisure materials
  • Update care plans
  • Disinfect and wipe down equipment or supplies
  • Create new activities or craft projects using materials you have in your supply closet
  • Research new ways to use technology in your program
  • Update your social media feed

Your mental and emotional health is deeply connected with your physical health. While it can seem daunting to have one more thing to think about, your brain and emotions can benefit greatly when you implement even just a few of our recommendations.

So, tell me: how are you doing lately? What strategies have you found effective for maintaining your mental health and overall well-being during demanding periods?

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Kemi 14th May 2021 Engagement Lead
Hi everyone, It feels so good to be here!
My name is kemi, I am the engagement lead at St Catherines Nursing Home in Letchworth garden city.
I enjoyed reading this article Taking care of your mental health. Thank you Haley for your thoughtfulness though I have always practised most of the stuff mentioned especially putting off house chores to watch the television or just do nothing. lol.
Talita 14th May 2021
Thank you so much for your feedback Kemi, and welcome to our community!
Karen 19th Oct 2020 Activity Professional
Hello to all. I’m new to Golden Carers and thankful for many new activity ideas. This Karen is from New Jersey. I work in Pennsylvania. When I logged in before it said Michigan.
Talita 19th Oct 2020
Thanks Karen and welcome to the community! This issue has now been resolved.
Karen 13th Oct 2020 Activity Professional
Hello to all dedicated Activity Professionals. In my personal self-care program, I practice taking my work ‘one day at a time’, and I add to that flexibility, patience and positive mindset. Not easy some days! Following strict guidelines put in place because of Covid is presenting challenges. Adapting to changes can be frustrating. I am grateful to be of service to my residents, families and co-workers. Never lose hope and faith that we will get through this challenge! Carpe diem
Gemma 6th Oct 2020 VC
Thank you for this...Like so many others I feel exhausted, and am now getting ready for the winter onslaught....residents not been able to see families at this time adds an extra burden to our day. That's why this site is so important to provide stimulation and interesting and fun activities..
Very much appreciated.
Talita 11th Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback Gemma. it's certainly been a challenging year for everyone. All the best to you, take some time out when you can to rest and recharge x
Karen 13th Sep 2020 Activity Professional
Self care is extremely important especially during these days of lockdowns with new rules and regulations in place. Practice self-care daily. Use all the tools we use with our residents: music, art, meditation and prayer. It works.
Susan 14th Sep 2020 Activity Director
Hi Karen
Thank you for sharing this
Emily 31st Mar 2020 Activity Director
i needed this! Thank you
Talita 6th Apr 2020
All the best to you Emily in these difficult times. x
AJ 31st Mar 2020 Activity Director
Thanks for the reminders. I think most of us are caregivers by nature and forget to take care of ourselves!
I would say the biggest thing for me is having several FaceBook groups that are supportive, giving each other ideas and lets us know that we ARE NOT ALONE. Its great to see the Activity Professionals supporting each other during this difficult time.
Thank you Golden Carers for all you do for our peeps!
Peace and health from California!
Talita 6th Apr 2020
Thanks so much for your feedback AJ. Yes a sense of community makes all the difference. All the best to you. Keep safe x
Airinne Ryan 30th Mar 2020
Keep well and follow good advice....
Talita 6th Apr 2020
All the best to you too Airinne
Haley 19th Mar 2020 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Haley has submitted a new article: COVID-19: Taking Care Of Your Mental Health
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