May 3, 2023

Provider Appreciation Day – Self-Care Tips

In honor of Provider Appreciation Day, we would like to send a heartfelt thank you for all you do each and every day to serve children and their families.

We recognize the work that you do is important as you take part in the development of each child in your care. It’s important to remember that you matter too and making time for your own self-care on a regular basis is essential.

Self-care can be one of the best ways for you to recharge and be the best version of yourself for you and those in your care.

Below are some tips to help you practice self-care:

Make time for self-care

It’s easy to forget about ourselves when we are busy taking care of others. Make sure to find time for self-care and do something you enjoy. Whether it’s taking a long bath, a quick exercise, reading a book, or simple having some alone time to close your eyes for a silent moment. Don’t feel guilt or shame because you deserve it and it’s essential.

Stay on top of your health

Remember to schedule regular appointments with your doctor, eat nutritious meals, and exercise regularly. If at any time you experience feelings of depression, seek professional help.


Exercise should play an important role in your life. Exercising can lower anxiety, improve your sleep and mood, plus help you feel more focused and relaxed. 

Empower yourself with positive thoughts and affirmations.

How many times have you heard the phrase “You are your own worst critic?” As humans, we tend to be so hard on ourselves. We are not as patient and understanding as we are with others. We are overly critical of ourselves and constantly have negative thoughts. Anytime you start having negative thoughts replace them with empowering thoughts and phrases such as “You are beautiful, you are strong, you are capable, and so on.” This will help you to break the loop of negative self-talk and will shift you to more positive and healthier conversations with yourself.

Eat well

Good nutrition can reduce your stress and promote your overall health and well-being. Eating unhealthy foods can cause health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

Get enough sleep

Sleeping well is essential for a person’s overall physical and emotional health.

Social Support

Isolation can increase stress. Make time to connect with others regularly to help you relax and keep negative stress away. It’s important to find others you can talk and share experiences with, and learn from each other.

Learn and Practice “Mindfulness” Skills

Do you ever think about what you are thinking about? Mindfulness is a form of self-reflection that allows you to focus on your thoughts. It can be done anywhere and at any time. The goal is to focus on the present instead of thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Using this skill is known to lower stress, increase your focus and memory, improve your relationships, and help you feel at ease.


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