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Self-Care Isn’t Selfish!

Thursday, 18 August 2022 10:18

Working in the OST field means taking care of youth, families, and communities. But how can you be expected to take care of those around you if you aren’t taking care of yourself? Self-care means taking the time to do things that help will help both your physical and mental health.

The National AfterSchool Association knows it takes a selfless person to do the work you do. However, it’s important to note that proper self-care is not selfish. It’s about being in tune with your emotions, communicating clearly, and speaking up for yourself. Self-care is allowing yourself to say yes or no, guilt-free, and to model this for others.

In honor of Self-Care Awareness Month, we encourage our members to make a commitment to yourself during the month of September. Try implementing at least one form of self-care into your daily routine. It can be something as simple as intentional morning breaths, going outside for a walk in nature, or relaxing with your favorite book. 

For more ideas, check out these resources: