Wellness for Care Providers

To care for others is a calling.

As clinicians, therapists, and service providers, we’ve made a choice to care for other people as a profession.

We’ve made the choice to care for people because we care about people. We want them to live happy, fulfilling lives. And we feel good about our place in the world when we can help them move toward that goal.

But being the guardians of others’ health and wellness is not easy work. It requires patience and persistence. For every success that reaffirms our commitment, there are difficulties and setbacks that test our conviction.

To live our calling to our best ability, we need to do more than care for the people whom we serve. We also need to make sure we’re caring for ourselves.


Creating a Plan for Self-Care and Wellness

Wellness is a subject that’s often talked about but not always understood. For example, you might know that behaviors such as exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and practicing mindfulness can be effective ways to improve your well-being. But what does that mean for you? What activities at which amounts are right for your circumstances, and how can you go about putting them into practice?

This is where a Self-Care Action Plan can be helpful. A Self-Care Action Plan (SCAP) is a personal wellness plan that you create based on your individual needs and preferences. Part of a SCAP involves honestly assessing your wellness practices to discover what you are doing well and where there are opportunities for improvement. This type of focused introspection makes it much easier pick out specific self-care practices to implement in your life.

At Cummins, we consider it our job to see to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of all care providers in our community. Our goal is to offer education and resources to help you stay happy and healthy in your work. We created our “Wellness for Care Providers” blog series to guide you through the process of creating your very own Self-Care Action Plan.

Read Our Blog Series!

This six-part series will guide you through important wellness topics and the creation of a personal Self-Care Action Plan. The material is presented by Cummins’ Professional Development Specialist, Ciera Jackson (MSW, LCSW), and is partially adapted from The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals by Thomas Skovholt and Michelle Trotter-Mathison.

Part 1: Identifying and Managing Burnout
Part 2: Surviving the Cycle of Caring
Part 3: Sustaining the Professional Self
Part 4: Nurturing the Personal Self
Part 5: The Many Facets of Physical Self-Care
Part 6: Putting Wellness Into Action
Looking to make a career move?

At Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, we know that care providers do difficult work. We always strive to prioritize the health and wellness of our team members, because if you are not well, then you can’t help your clients get well, either.

If you’re considering a change from your current employment situation, we invite you to take a look at our job openings. We would love to talk to you about the possibility of joining our team!

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