How do you cope now? This sheet helps you ientify what you do now to manage stress in your life and assess how well suited these strategies are to your long-term health and well-being by completing the Lifestyle Behaviors (“Is your life causing you stress?”) assessment.

Please use the below handouts to assist you writing the paper on self-care.
How do you cope now? This sheet helps you ientify what you do now to manage stress in your life and assess how well suited these strategies are to your long-term health and well-being by completing the Lifestyle Behaviors (“Is your life causing you stress?”) assessment. This can help you determine whether the coping strategies you presently use when you are stressed are, on balance, good for you or perhaps not so good. Consider how you could reduce your tendency (if you have one) to turn to coping strategies on the “negative” side of this ledger and employ those on the “positive” side instead. Decreasing or eliminating at least one “negative” coping strategy can be one of the goals of your Maintenance Self-Care plan.
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What would you like to do? Filling out this checklist should highlight the good things you are already doing for yourself and whether there is an imbalance in the areas in which you practice self-care. It can also give you some ideas for other things you can do in the future to help prevent stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue and also to maintain and enhance your well-being. Make a note of the items that you would like to add (or add more of) to your self-care repertoire. In considering this, try to be sure that each domain of self-care is well represented. If you think of things that are not included in this list just add them at the end.
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Outline your plan. The spaces provided in the My Maintenance Self-Care Worksheet each represent self-care In each space fill in the activities that you already engage in (“current practice”) and those you would like to add (“new practice”). Both current and new practices will comprise your Maintenance Self-Care Plan – the regular activities you engage in to take care of yourself.
Identify obstacles to implementation. Once you have identified these practices, it is useful to identify possible barriers or obstacles that could get in the way of implementing and maintaining them. You can revisit this topic and revise your list as you become more familiar with the demands of graduate school. For now, though, think about what you anticipate these barriers/obstacles to be, how you can address them, and how you can remind yourself to follow your plan. Write these solutions on the last page of the My Maintenance Self-Care Worksheet as well. If you have chosen to limit or eliminate a negative coping strategy that you currently use, note this as well.
APA Style Paper/Self Reflective Essay: After completing all the worksheets separately, use this information for your paper. The paper should include all aspects of APA 7th edition (Title page, introductory and concluding paragraphs). Your document must reflect critical thinking about what you are doing well and what needs changing as a result of the worksheets. You can begin by talking about skills, responses, and actions that you feel are personal strengths in self-care, then move into a discussion of areas that need work. Please incorporate a mindfulness practice to try as part of your plan. Include a minimum of one reference cited and be sure to give credit to that source in the content of your paper. The paper should be a minimum of three full pages=Title page, Content, Reference page.

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