The notion of self-care comes with a fairly mixed bag of ideas and emotional responses.
I hope that in the following weeks as we post various resources around self-care, you will be motivated to keep thinking about how you are caring for yourself in this time where many are anxious, and you carry the care of many others.
I’m always challenged by the model for pastoral care of pastoral theologian Pamela Cooper-White, an ordained Episcopalian priest, and certified psychotherapeutic counsellor.
She writes about self-care as the first step in any pastoral encounter, rather than something we might do when everything else is finished or we have some time.
Being proactive about our own care helps us in a number of ways, for instance:
There are a thousand ways we can attend to self-care. Here is a start:
In the larger picture of our lives it may mean
As we enter into a time of considerable stress, does ‘self-care’ just seems one more thing that has to be done?
What one thing can you do now to express care for yourself?
We will be collating resources for different ideas that will be accessible on the website in the future.
*Reference: Cooper-White, Pamela. 2004. Shared Wisdom. Mineapolis: Augsburg.
Here you will find a list of my weekly blog posts:
If you have ideas you would like to explore, please contact me:
Rev Dr Christine Sorensen
Presbytery Minister (Formation and Discipleship)