Self Care: Developing Your Own Plan for Catastrophic Living
Through the pandemic we have been given countless messages to “take care of ourselves.” However, oftentimes this is synonymous with buying something--i.e., taking care of one part of our bodies or taking time away from a stressor--but not with building tools for living a life that often has challenges we are forced to face. In this workshop we will spend class time discussing five aspects of self-care that relate to lifestyle changes/choices so that you can develop and take home a self-care plan. Working with a partner and with the group as a whole, we will explore five different aspects of life balance: caring for the body, relationship dynamics, cognitions (how we think about our lives), aspirations (who do we want to be/the life we desire), and behavioral planning, and you will develop goals that are achievable moving forward. We will also discuss the Buddhist ideas of “aversion” and “craving” as they relate to ways in which we sometimes undermine our own attempts at self care.
Please bring a bag lunch, snacks and water bottle.
Heather Sheldon is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently the Clinical Director of Family Based Services at Carson Valley Children's Aid in PA. She graduated from Boston College School of Social Work and has twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Heather has professional interest in the areas of trauma, women’s development, and substance abuse. She has a degree in World Religion from Harvard Divinity School and an ongoing meditation practice. She is also an avid animal lover and chaotic gardener.