Self Care

What is self-care?

The term “self-care” refers to actions and attitudes we use to consciously contribute to the maintenance of our overall well-being and personal health. Self-care can include physical activities and emotional practices that help change our perceptions of situations in our lives as well as how we think and feel about ourselves and others. While the concept of self-care is an important part of healing and recovery in the field of victim services, it can also be significant for people who are not currently experiencing trauma but are looking to feel more internally healthy and balanced.

Why is self-care important?

Many crimes involve the use of force or violence against victims. Crime victims of all types of crime may experience trauma—physical damage to their bodies or emotional wounds or shock caused by the violence against them. Reactions to trauma vary from person to person and can last for hours, days, weeks, months, or years.

Physical trauma: Crime victims may experience physical trauma—serious injury or shock to the body, as from a major accident.  Examples of physical trauma include:

Emotional trauma: Victims may experience emotional trauma—emotional wounds or shocks that may have long-lasting effects. Emotional trauma may take many different forms:

What are some examples of self-care?

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Everyone reacts differently to trauma and crime. Self-care is taking the time to care for yourself in the ways that work best for you. There’s no one way to practice it and we can’t tell you what will work in your situation. For ideas and information visit Boys Town’s 99 Coping Skills, 101 Self Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much on The Mighty.