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Trauma Education Video Series: Self-Care: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach

Building self-care practices can support well-being and increase feelings of safety. This video outlines information and opportunities for reflection that can help you discover self-care practices that will work best for you. After watching the video, you may find it helpful to watch the visualization Discovering Our Resilience, located below.

You can revisit this self-care video at any time — it may be particularly helpful during stressful times.

Worksheet: Building Self-Care Practices (optional)

This worksheet may be helpful for those looking to create self-care practices. It corresponds with the sections titled What is self-care?, How do I find what works for me?, and Self-care ideas.

Video: Self-Care: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach

Here are some resources for more information:

Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors: Overcoming internal self-alienation, by Janina Fisher

Transform your boundaries, by Sarri Gilman

Peace is every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking the tiger: Healing trauma: The innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences, by Peter Levine and Anne Frederick

Growing beyond survival: A self-help toolkit for managing traumatic stress, by Elizabeth Vermilyea

Discovering Our Resilience (optional)

8 minutes

This optional video can be helpful for identifying the areas and experiences in your life that you draw strength and resilience from, noticing specific qualities of these experiences, and making a plan to recall these experiences when you need them.

Here are some resources for more information:

How nature helps us heal, by Leif Hass

Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror, by Judith Herman

Adolescent spirituality and resilience: Theory, research, and educational practices, by Sangwon Kim and Giselle B. Esquivel

Trauma in early childhood: Empirical evidence and clinical implications, by Alicia F. Lieberman and colleagues

The role of creativity in models of resilience: Theoretical exploration and practical applications, by Einat S. Metzel and Malissa A. Morrell

Transforming trauma: Resilience and healing through our connections with animals, by Philip Tedeschi and Molly Anne Jenkins

The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk

These videos are meant to provide information of a general nature, not advice. Consult with an appropriate professional when dealing with specific situations.

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