Self-Care for Healthcare

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Self-care for healthcare workers is more important now than ever, but its the same for everyone else!

Self-care comes in so many forms and one size does not fit all.

The following list has multiple suggestions of self-care, some suitable for COVID restrictions and others not so much. That said, hopefully one or two options resonate with you!

Remember, self-care is important for healthcare (yours) too!

Posted: April 23, 2021

Disclaimer: Although I am a mental health professional, all information and reflections are meant for educational purposes only. If you plan to make changes in your life, it may be worth consulting with loved ones and/or your wellness team. Also, this post may contain affiliate links that will connect you with some pretty cool products and when making a purchase through those links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.


  1. Buy new scrubs.
  2. Order take-out instead of making a meal.
  3. Meditation (can do this on a break with headphones).
  4. Practice Breathwork (can do this on break too).
  5. Book a facial or give yourself one.
  6. Book a massage (can’t do this one on yourself, but see if you have insurance coverage).
  7. Order a specialty coffee or tea at a nice café.
  8. Write down positive affirmations (examples: “I am a good nurse.” “I am appreciated.”).
  9. Reach out to a supportive co-worker if struggling with a work-related stress.
  10. Create a vision board.
  11. Journal.
  12. Make a gratitude list.
  13. Write a gratitude letter for a loved one or co-worker.
  14. Go for a mindful walk.
  15. Plan a day trip.
  16. Have a long bath with enjoyable scents.
  17. Read a book genre you like.
  18. Get creative- drawing, painting, doodling, colouring.
  19. Read through funny and relatable healthcare meme pages.
  20. Cook a new dish.
  21. Warm a blanket in the dryer or a heating pad (use a blanket from a warmer on break).
  22. Spend quality time with your pet or an acquaintance’s pet.
  23. Listen to your favourite music.
  24. Dance to your favourite music.
  25. Do something active that you enjoy (hiking, yoga, snowboarding, biking, etc.)
  26. Watch movie you feel emotionally connected to and love.
  27. Watch motivational videos from other healthcare workers.
  28. Connect with a counsellor or employee assistance program.
  29. Book a pedicure (and manicure if you are allowed to wear polish at work) or do it yourself.
  30. Have a nap (not because you are working a night shift).
  31. Declutter a space you’ve been avoiding.
  32. Create a morning (or wake up) routine.
  33. Burn a candle or spray an essential oil that relaxes you.
  34. Dress up and take yourself on a nice date.
  35. Review motivational, positive and inspirational quotes.
  36. Trip to a spa.
  37. Hit up a float tank.
  38. Review your work benefits and book appointments that are covered.
  39. Watch a comedy special.
  40. Learn about a new wellness practice (examples: cold therapy, CBT, counselling blogs, etc.)
  41. Get yourself flowers (if you aren’t allergic, of course).
  42. Take a day away from social media.
  43. Read happy or funny stories written by nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers.
  44. Experiment with mocktails (if you aren’t feeling well, adding alcohol won’t help overall).
  45. Book a fancy hotel room for some time away from your usual space.
  46. Binge a TV show (maybe not a healthcare one to give you a break from work).
  47. Plan your month and add self-care into your busy schedule.
  48. Online “window shopping” (put things on your wish list to avoid emotion driven purchases).
  49. Play puzzle games or do an actual puzzle.
  50. Find a way to express your feelings (good and difficult).
  51. Try IV therapy.
  52. Share funny patient memories with coworkers.
  53. Ask for positive feedback.
  54. Hire a maid.
  55. Purge your closets, drawers and cupboards.
  56. Get your car detailed.
  57. Take yourself out for a nice dinner.
  58. Cut out alcohol for a defined period of time.
  59. Look at old photos or videos of good memories.
  60. Find a peaceful place at work.

Self-care for Healthcare Workers helps with clinical judgment, reduces burnout and helpful for prevention of illness. Let me know which ones you liked or want to try!

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