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Self-Care: – The Importance of Self-Care in Your Career and Life

Self-care is essential in every aspect of life, including our careers.

If we don’t process our experiences, we can experience triggers, trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. While balancing work and family is important, self-care goes beyond that. It promotes self-nurturing, empowerment, self-efficacy, and resilience through cognitive, physical, psychological, and non-material aspects.

In my 20+ years of private practice, I’ve met diverse individuals who have experienced burnout, mental exhaustion, unrealistic work expectations, and employment concerns. The complexities of home life, such as relationships, parenting, and caring for loved ones, can also add to the fatigue and emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion.  Self-care is crucial in our personal and professional lives to find joy, happiness, and fulfilment.

To start taking care of yourself, you need to recognise that something is not working and determine what you need to change. The Self-Care – Awareness, Action, and Planning Workbook can help you establish your baseline and identify your goals. Understanding your personality type, including strengths, challenges, and how you behave under stress is also good. By understanding yourself, you can put meaningful action steps in place to help you self-care, build confidence and resilience, and face life’s challenges.

If you’re looking for self-care resources, the Self-Care – Awareness, Action, and Planning Workbook and Card Set is a great resource. The book provides 43 effective self-care strategies that can be customized to suit your needs, as well as comprehensive Australian and international resource sections. The matching self-care card set provides a visual, textual, and tactile focal point for reflection and action. It’s a one-stop, user-friendly, and reusable self-care resource to help you on your journey.

If you have any questions about self-care or the Self-Care – Awareness, Action, and Planning Workbook and Self-Care Card Set, feel free to email the author. 

Katherine Foster - Blu Ripples Founder; Professional Member CDAA, Member of ACA and Published Author



Katherine is a Published Author and the Founder of Blu Ripples, a specialist Career Counselling and Consulting practice located in Port Stephens, NSW.

A nationally registered Career Development Specialist and Counsellor; she is a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia and, Member of the Australian Counselling Association. Former CDAA NSW Committee Member; Graduate of RMIT and AIPC.

Katherine has worked in private practice since 2003 and, prior to that, worked in the corporate sector for 12 years, predominantly in Human Resources and Administration.

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