Self-Care Resources

This page is a collection of helpful resources on the subject of Self-Care.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the printouts at Self-Care Practice and Exercises.

On This Page…

On Burnout

Time and Work/Life Balance

Books

Videos

A Self Care Action Plan – From How To Adult with Hank Green, this video is fantastic. Pragmatic and useful. 5 min.

Self-Care: What it Really Is – A TEDx talk by Susannah Winters. 10 min

Self Compassion – A wonderfully-animated and insightful video as always from School of Life. ~5 min

The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion – A TEDx Talk by Krisin Neff, author of Self-Compassion. 19 min

Journaling:
‘I write out my feeling, including anything and everything that’s bothering and wounding me.
I ask myself why I’m feeling this way. And I try to be as brutally honest with myself as I can.
I then ask myself if what I’m worrying about is something I can change.
If it is, I ask how can I change and improve and do better?
If I can’t, I acknowledge the worry, think it for helping me grow, and ask myself to gracefully let it go.’

Why I’m sick of ‘Self-Care’: A Rant – A vlogger rips apart the instagrammable trend masquerading as self-care. 13 min

How to Love Yourself to the Core – A TEDx talk by Jen Oliver. 17 min

50 Simple Self-Care Tips – Some of these are perhaps too simple, and there are some good ones in there. 11 min

Quotes

Busy is not the point
There’s a common safe place: Being busy.
We’re supposed to give you a pass because you were full on, all day. Frantically moving from one thing to the other, never pausing to catch your breath, and now you’re exhausted.
No points for busy.
Points for successful prioritization. Points for efficiency and productivity. Points for doing work that matters.
No points for busy.”  – Seth Godin

“One day you’re going to wake up and there won’t be any time left to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. One day. Day One. You decide.” – Paulo Coelho

“Accept, Then Act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” – Eckhart Tolle

“‘Someday’ is NOT a day in the week: Create more meaningful work NOW…not someday. […] We need to wake up to the fact that we’ll never have more time than we have right now.” – Sam Horn

“Your choice is to keep running the thoughts through your head and experience the consequences, or become a good gardener of your mind, root out the weeds and allow only the flowers to grow. A sleeping gardener is not attentive and will soon have a jungle of weeds. A good gardener is awake. He knows exactly what is happening and will guard his territory with a keen eye, removing the weeds as soon as the first shoots appear.
Be a good gardener of your mind. A mind that is being observed is an unsuitable environment for anxiety and depression to take root. Both require a lack of awareness as a suitable breeding ground.” – Patrick McKeown, from his book Anxiety Free

“If you are depressed, you live in the past. If you are anxious, you live in the future. But if you are at peace, you live in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“It means being the hero of your life, not the victim. It means rewiring what you have until your everyday life isn’t something you need therapy to recover from. It is no longer choosing a life that looks good over a life that feels good. It is giving the hell up on some goals so you can care about others. It is being honest even if that means you aren’t universally liked. It is meeting your own needs so you aren’t anxious and dependent on other people.” – from Brianna Wiest’s article on Thought Catalog

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” – Lawrence Pearsall Jacks