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Practice of Self Care

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We invite you to participate as a researcher for finding and adding resources on transformational change.   This is a dynamic tool for you to add information you find to your HS 301 individual group's wiki as you do research for class projects (click on the "Sidebar" located on the right in the "View" mode--select the appropriate Class Wiki).  We encourage you to share not only titles (for example, the citation of a journal article, a book, a blog, or title of a digital media stream), but also the places you found the resources and the search strategies you found useful, as we have in the links below. Students will post to the topic areas on the sidebar located on the right.


Required Assignment Materials:


Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality. (2008). Boulder, CO: Sounds True Publishers. 

Read "Effects of a Fourteen-Day Healthy Longevity Lifestyle Program on Cognition and Brain Function," pp. 35-46.


Supplementary Resource Materials:




Peer Reviewed:


Hermon, David A.; Davis, Greta A. (2004).  College Student Wellness: A Comparison Between Traditional and Nontraditional-Age Students. Journal of College Counseling, Spring, 7 (1), p32-39.

Abstract: This study examined differences in wellness reported by traditional- and nontraditional-age students as measured by the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (J. E. Myers, T. J. Sweeney, & J. M. Witmer, 1998). Differences were found between the 2 age groups on 4 self-regulation dimensions: realistic beliefs, sense of control, exercise, and self-care. Implications for counseling practice and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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Search strategy: Self-Care, Health and wellness and practic* in Academic Search Premier, limited to peer reviewed


Barnett, Jeffrey E.; Baker, Ellen K.; Elman, Nancy S.; Schoener, Gary R. (2007).  In Pursuit of Wellness: The Self-Care Imperative. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, Dec. 38 (6), p603-607.

Abstract: The practice of psychology can be demanding, challenging, and emotionally taxing. Failure to adequately attend to one's own psychological wellness and self-care can place the psychologist at risk for impaired professional functioning. An ongoing focus on self-care is essential for the prevention of burnout and for maintaining one's own psychological  wellness. Salient aspects of self-care are discussed, including the ethical imperative of addressing self-care throughout one's career. Three invited expert commentaries provide additional insights and recommendations on positive actions, preventive strategies, and steps to be taken by individual psychologists, by those training the next generation of psychologists, and by professional associations. Realities of the current state of psychology and a clear call for action are highlighted, with the overarching goal being the ethical and effective treatment of clients and the successful management of the challenges and stresses faced by practicing psychologists.

Full Text PDF at: PDF Full Text

Search strategy: Self-Care, Health and wellness and practic* in Academic Search Premier, limited to peer reviewed




Young, Lynne E., Hayes, Virginia E. (2002) Transforming health promotion practice: concepts, issues and applications.Philadelphia : F.A. Davis Co.

Cline Library Book Stacks:  RA427.8 .Y68 2002  

Chapter: Chapter: Self-care: re-examining the myth by Deborah Thoun Northrup 

Search strategy: self-care keyword search in Cline Library online catalog.




YouTube: The First 10 Steps to Extreme Self Care (5 minutes)


Visual, slow-paced, relaxing experence of 10 basic conceptual commitments you can make to yourself as you begin your transformational journey.

  • morning ritual
  • drink water
  • eat well
  • laughter
  • exercise your mind
  • exercise your body
  • journaling
  • positive thinking
  • smiling
  • evening ritual


YouTube and blog:  Louise L. Hay - Loving Yourself  (8:14 Minutes)


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