Adrenaline carries professionals when intense focus and decisive action are required during a shift. They work with the expectation and under the pressure to save lives in every circumstance. After a shift, adrenaline can give way to feelings of burnout, depression, and anxiety. While practicing self-care is helpful for the normal ups and downs of life it becomes especially important during extreme, repeated, and/or prolonged exposure to trauma (e.g., supporting a family whose baby died, working in an ICU or for an ambulance service, providing care through the course of a pandemic). In these situations and during these times, additional measures to achieve a balanced physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual state may be required.
Resolve Through Sharing has created a pro-pack that includes "A Guide to Self-Care: Practices for Professionals Who Support Those Grieving" (informational booklet) and "As I Support Those Who Grieve: Thoughts and Reflections" (companion journal). The guide explores a deep, rich perspective on self-care through evidence-based principles and practices. Topics include daily routines, mindfulness, self-compassion, personal sharing, and ritual. The companion journal provides prompts for thoughtful reflection and a safe place where the writer can unpack struggles and find meaning.