Self-care is the process of maintaining and promoting one’s health, well being and development to meet the everyday challenges and stressors with energy, vitality and self confidence. Rather than a passive process, self care calls for active engagement and intentional action. Self-care can be combination physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological or intellectual processes. For people working in demanding positions self-care is especially important in managing one’s level of stress and preventing burn out. “According to Health Canada (2009), stress and stress-related symptoms account for 85% of all visits to doctors…”
Many studies point to the process of self-care as an acquired set of skills rather than an aspect of personal attribute. In this section, you will find the necessary tools for assessing your level of stress. You will also find tool kits and solutions that will assist you in learning some of the necessary skills in applying self-care to your everyday life.