1.5 Self care Checkpoint
On airplanes, passengers are told how important it is to put the oxygen mask on for themselves before assisting others during an emergency. The logic behind this is that you can’t help others if you’re not well. Same goes for your experience as a suicide caregiver.
In order to be in the position to help others, be mindful of your own needs and make your wellbeing a priority.
Take a moment and read the statements below. Note how many statements are true for you to get a sense of where you are at.
During the past month or so, I have had...
...Less personal time
...Less sleep or rest
...Trouble keeping up with work and life responsibilities
...Physical symptoms of stress (headache, muscle tension, etc.)
Ask yourself How Am I Doing? frequently to check in on your own health.
Where do you see yourself on this scale?
When you recognize you are lower on the scale, know that you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or seek help from a therapist for additional support.
Be honest with yourself about the support you need during this time. It could range from treating yourself to ice cream to asking someone else for help so you have some extra alone time. Give yourself permission to put you first.
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