Prepare to Take Care : Creating a Self Care Plan

Your Name and Title:  Katie George; Professional Development Instructor

Library, School, or Organization Name:  Howard County Library System

Co-Presenter Name(s):  NA

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

Language in Which You Will Present:  English

Target Audience(s):  Public Service Staff

Short Session Description (one line):  Know how to take care of yourself before you need to take care of yourself.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Library workers are helpers by nature.  Constant helping can take a toll on mental and physical health.  We should engage in self-care on a regular basis, but stressors, schedules, and other distractions can hamper best intentions. Then, suddenly, we are triggered by a difficult customer interaction, a change in the workplace, a traumatic event...and we find ourselves at a loss for how to regroup, recover, and refuel.  Creating a self-care plan before you reach your "last straw" can increase your resilience.  Instead of deciding what to do while knee-deep in stress and trauma, a self-care plan prepares you in advance with an action plan to executive functioning needed.  Recognize the signs that it's time for self-care; identify eight facets of self-care; generate ideas to address each facet; and assemble a plan tailored to your needs. 

Katie has been working in public libraries for 20 years.  She won't claim to have seen it all, but she has seen a lot...and didn't always have to tools to recover from it.  Katie is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.  MHFA recommends all first-aiders prepare a self-care plan.  The unpredictable nature of the library environment makes self-care plans a good idea for library workers, too!

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