Everyone in Iowa is about to the end of their ropes. We are all wondering, "How much more can we take?"
But we are a resilient community, one that takes care of our neighbors, and we will bounce back better than ever. However, we all need to remember to take care of our own needs, or we won't be able to help others. Below are a few ways we can do that:
The importance of self-care
It’s hard to take care of yourself during a crisis, especially when people depend on you. It’s unrealistic to be on the go 24/7 when your stress level is already high. Neglecting yourself puts you at risk for burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. Think of your response to an ongoing crisis, such as storm recovery and COVID-19, as a marathon, not a sprint. The only way to get through it is to pace yourself so you can see to your own needs as well as those of others.
Three steps to self-care
We’re all in this together, both at work and at home. It’s important to lift each other up. Let your coworkers and family know you appreciate them. Be generous with praise, notice their accomplishments, and be helpful and kind.
10 Things you can do to take care of yourself: