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"S" Class Wiki Practice of Self Care

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The practice of Self Care

By Kelly Amaturo & Yanele Benitez







Here is the link to a PowerPoint that I have created on self care. It has information straight from some of the references that I collected. It also shows some great displays and pictures on self care as well. (Kelly Amaturo)




I wanted to create a power point that presented readers with ideas and tips on how to prioritize self-care in their lives. By demonstrating the benefits of relaxing and enjoying life when one is faced with so many responsibilities. This power point is full of beneficial information ranging from sleep to nutrition. (Yanele Benitez) 

Self Care for HSs 301.ppt (Yanele Benitez)




This is a great video that helps one nourish their soul, by enjoying life. This video encourages us to participate in the things one enjoys the most like going to the beach or taking a break from the day to day rate race we live in. How important it is to incorporate a 5 minute giggle into our life.

Breman, C. (2009, June 11) [Video file].Everyday Consciousness. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5IsHGZKxU0 (Yanele Benitez)



My self-care Journey is a program designed to track one’s progress through the journey of self-care. By participating in activates that promote soul nurturing and the release of negative emotions. The importance of taking me time!

Richards, K. (2011, April 8). [Video file]. Self-care Academy. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oer8OOjHqak (Yanele Benitez)


This video gives one a better understanding of their emotional and physical needs and the importance of practicing self-care. It also focuses on the value of practicing self-care in our busy lifestyles.Radun, L. (2010, March 18). [Video file]. The value of practicing self-care. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HKBxrVZoZE (Yanele Benitez


Here is a link to the YouTube video that I found on self care exercises. I found it to be very interesting. Exercise is a great stress reliever and getting rid of stress is a part of the self care family. Lewis, P. (2010, February 14). [Video file]. Self-Care Exercises 'Lewis Circles' / L circles for health care. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watchv=11l9wavwq1I&feature=related

(Kelly Amaturo)



Here is another YouTube video that I found that is about self care tips as well. These tips seem to be very helpful.

McConnell, S. (2011, June 28). [Video file]. Practice Smart Self Care. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVgogxPqb8

(Kelly Amaturo)


I found this great YouTube video on stress relief and self care. This lady goes through many tips and facts on how to improve your self care which I find to be very helpful.

Goddess, K. (2010, July 21). [Video file]. Stress Relief & Self Care. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlA0HAUr3Eg

(Kelly Amaturo)




The Department of public health has created a website that celebrates self-care week and aims to further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday life. This website has great links to other self-care forums and websites that contain videos, articles, and statistics on self-care. The site comes from The Department of Health: Self-care week.

Self-Care forum: Helping People Taking Care of Themselves. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.selfcareforum.org/(Yanele Benitez)



The NHS Choices website aims at helping people understand how to live with long-term conditions, and understanding how self-care can help keep them fit and healthy. This websites provides wonderful tips on various health care topics and it can be used by everyone to improve their self-care. The site comes from NHS Choices: Your health, your way.

NHS guide to long-term conditions and self-care. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/Yourhealth/Pages/self-care-week-2011.aspx(Yanele Benitez)



The University of IOWA created a website for students that covers self-care and has awesome links that allow you to read more in depth about the subject.

This website comes from The University of IOWA: Self-Care guide.

Student Health. (2011). Retrieved from http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/services/self-care-guide  (Yanele Benitez)


This website is about the importance of self care. It  talks about the importance of self care and taking comes to taking a break from stress, taking time alone, and how it can soothe your feelings. There are a few more important key things in this site that I liked which is why I am going to use this site for my topic on self care.

Scott, E. (2007, July 12). The importance of self care for health and stress management. Retrieved from http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/selfcare.htm

(Kelly Amaturo)



This website that I found seems to have amazing information about self care. The site comes from Student Health Service: University of Pennsylvania. It talks about how people dwell on the past and hold on to stressful moments. It teaches that practicing self care helps let go of those regretful moments and learn to be more positive. I found this website to be very useful.

Practice self-care: Ask us why. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/selfcare.php

(Kelly Amaturo)


This website I found has a list of ways to practice self care. This list can really help people understand that there are so many different ways to practice self care. It also shares that self care is not all based on things involving money or that it is time consuming. There are many ways to practice self care and this website shows the different ways and choices for everyone.

Woods, C. (2012). 50 ways to practice great self care without spending a dime. Retrieved from http://www.womansfieldguide.com/free-goodies/50-ways-to-practice-great-self-care-without-spending-a-dime

(Kelly Amaturo)






For my third book, I chose, "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Second Edition." This book seems to have great information on relieving pain and stress. This book also talks about the different types of symptoms and how to learn to control these symptoms.

Davies, C. (2004). The trigger point therapy workbook: Your self-treatment guide for pain relief, second edition. (2 ed.). New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Trigger-Point-Therapy-Workbook-Self-Treatment/dp/1572243759/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330808078&sr=1-14

(Kelly Amaturo)




 The second book that I really liked reading is called "Self care: An Empowerment and Spiritual Healing." This book talks about the many different ways on how self care can be healing to the spirit. Self care is more than just something that is physical. Practicing self care can help you grow as a person as well.

Anderson, S. (2010). Self care: a theology of personal empowerment and spiritual healing. Wipf & Stock Publishers. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Self-Care-Theology-Empowerment-Spiritual-Collection/dp/1610970594/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330806876&sr=1-4

(Kelly Amaturo)




This is a book that I found on Amazon that is based on self care for caregivers. I chose this book because I am a caregiver and found so many interesting facts in this book. Being a caregiver can become stressful and time consuming, but at the same time such a joy. This book really goes into depth on how to control those feelings and become a better caregiver.

Samples, P. (2000). Self care for caregivers; a twelve step approach. Hazelden. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Self-Care-Caregivers-Twelve-Step-Approach/dp/1568385609/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330806876&sr=1-6

(Kelly Amaturo)





 I found three books I really liked about self care on Amazon.com.

Description: The Art of extreme self-care allows the public to change their behaviors using a 12 step strategy program on monthly bases. This book has been designed to offer the public advice on effective exercises methods and steps that impact their surroundings and ability to accept disappointments.

Richardson, C. (2009). Art of extreme self-care. Hay House Publishers: Carlsbad, CA.






Description: Self Care for life provides valuable ways to improve your life mentally, physically and spiritually. This book offers suggestions that can be used as guidelines, in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. Guidelines includes taking a break from the (bad) news and renew your world by tunning out virtually every media outlet, drinking a cup of tea helps increase the alpha brainwaves in your brain, choose a natural talisman in order to relieve your anxiety and relieve your stress and alternative medicine allows one to weave self-care into our lives. This book can be found on Amazon.com (Yanele Benitez)

Skye, A., Meera, L. & Dean, C. MD. (2011). Self-Care for Life: Find Joy, Peace, Serenity, Vitality, Sensuality, Abundance, and Enlightenment - Each and Every Day.Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc.






Description: The author focuses on reconnecting the public with self-care techniques. The author has created a book to help people who have become burn out to reconnect with their body and world through simple fun exercises.. This author also explains that these new habits can be maintained over a week or the course of a year.

(Yanele Benitez) 

Voss, B. (2009). Come Back To Your Senses: From Burnout to Sustainable Self Care. Barbara Lynn Voss.




Peer Reviewed Articles


For my third peer reviewed article, I found an online journal article that caught my attention. This article gives great information on self care and states amazing facts and tips on how to succeed in self care.

Thomasina, B. (2007). The international journal of self help and self care. Baywood publishing company inc., 5(2), Retrieved from http://www.baywood.com/journals/previewjournals.asp?id=1091-2851

(Kelly Amaturo)


Another peer reviewed article that I came across was found on the NAU home library. I liked this article because it had other information related to self care that I wasn’t aware of before. Nursing and dependent care are a main topic in this article and states great information.

 (2010). Self care, dependent care, and nursing. The international oren society for nursing science and scholarship, 18(1), Retrieved from http://www.orem-society.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=6

(Kelly Amaturo)



This peer reviewed article gave fantastic information on Self Care. It shows amazing information on self care focus, self care on hair loss and stress, and many more interesting things.

 Soller, R., Noyce, P., Mann, S., Irvin, J., Juhl, R., Raine, J., Blenkinsopp, A., & Nash, D. (2010). Self care. Self Care; Advancing the study and understanding of self care, 3(1), 1-18. Retrieved from http://selfcarejournal.com/  

(Kelly Amaturo)



 I'm posting three peer reviewed journals form NAU's library.

Delineation of Self-Care and Associated Concepts. This article focuses on the emphasis of individuals taking primary responsibility for their own health care and the role of health care experts empowering and supporting patients.

 Richard, A., & Shea, K. (2011). Delineation of Self-Care and Associated Concepts. Journal Of Nursing Scholarship, 43(3), 255-264. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2011.01404.x (Yanele Benitez)


Self-care and Well-being in Mental Health Professionals: The Mediating Effects of Self-awareness and Mindfulness. This article focuses on the mental health of health care professionals and their susceptibility to impairment and burnout and how it affects their clinical work negatively. How imperative it is that they engage in self-care awareness and well-being.

 Richards, K. C., Campenni, C., & Muse-Burke, J. L. (2010). Self-care and Well-being in Mental Health Professionals: The Mediating Effects of Self-awareness and Mindfulness. Journal Of Mental Health Counseling, 32(3), 247-264 (Yanele Benitez)


 Reliability, validity and factor structure of the Appraisal of Self-Care Agency Scale - Revised (ASAS-R). This article focuses on self-care agency and the importance of enhancing an individual’s health promoting behavior and specific capabilities for chronic disease health promoting behaviors.

Sousa, V. D., Zauszniewski, J. A., Bergquist-Beringer, S., Musil, C. M., Neese, J. B., & Jaber, A. F. (2010). Reliability, validity and factor structure of the Appraisal of Self-Care Agency Scale - Revised (ASAS-R). Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 16(6), 1031-1040. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01242.x (Yanele Benitez)





Title: Self Care

(Kelly Amaturo & Yanele Benitez)

     Self care is very important for the human body. It can do numerous things for the body such as relieving stress and making one happier with themselves and their life. Many people feel that they don’t have the time to practice self care or have the money to spend on practicing self care, but there are many different ways to practice that doesn’t involve money or isn’t too time consuming.

     Some ways to practice self care can be anything from taking the time to breathe and learn how to control the breathing to taking a Yhot bubble bath and relaxing (Woods, 2012). Many people find it relaxing to go for a stroll in the park or just to smile more throughout the day. Practicing self care is an extremely easy thing to teach one’s self. Self care can improve one’s physical health as well as one’s emotional health (Scott, 2007). To improve one’s physical health can be anything from exercising more to eating healthier. This can replace stress with confidence and relaxation. To improve one’s emotional health is very undemanding. Emotional health can be improved by simply doing things that make one happy. To value one’s self is the key to emotional health in self care.

            “To practice self-care effectively, you need to listen to your internal “wise voice” (Practice Self-Care: Ask Us Why, 2012).” Listening to internal voice is anything from listening to an instinct, to listening to one’s spiritual self. It is very often that our thoughts become repetitive and sometimes full of regret when thinking about the past. Then there are times when our thoughts are full of stress and anxiety when thinking about the future. Practicing self care helps people learn to let go of the stress and be mindful. It gives off such a positive reaction and it is highly recommended that self care is practiced more often.







Tyler Cluff – Practice Summary of Self-Care

Intro:  When I chose to discuss about the practice of self-care I was excited because after reading about what self-care I realized it would be something I would enjoy.  Self-care involves anything that promotes a physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being.  I chose to concentrate on exercise and healthy eating to promote physical and emotional well-being.  Initially, the practice of self-care was difficult but it came with great reward.  I researched healthy ways to exercise and read about nutrition to get the most benefit out of self-care. 


Personal:  Practicing self-care and choosing to exercise more often and eat healthy was a challenge.  At first, I had no motivation and no friends to motivate me to exercise and I had to use my own will power to get to the gym.  I knew that I needed to change the types of food in my fridge and cabinets.   On the emotional side of self-care, with the help from my fiancé she was able to keep me positive and offer cooking healthy meals.  After reading more about nutrition, much of my kitchen has nutritious and healthy food rather than junk food. 


Professional:  I found that the professional side of self-care was much easier than the personal side.  Many of my co-workers are into fitness and nutrition and it was easy for me to get motivation my learning from them and participating in their fitness exercises.  One of my co-workers was doing the Insanity workout and offered me to join in.  After doing that one exercise, I got a copy of the Insanity program and started it myself.  I let me co-workers know that I was in the process of eating healthier and wanting to change my lifestyle and they were very receptive and offered to cook healthier dinners so we all could eat together. 


Summary:  After reading about the nutrition side of self-care I found out was more important than exercising.  Many books and articles summarized you get out what you put into your body.  This experience of practicing self-care has been a lifestyle change.  After reading about different types of workouts and nutrition I have found that they are both beneficial and not just one in particular.  I have really enjoyed participating in practicing self-care and making a lifestyle change.  






Comments (13)

Student said

at 2:28 pm on Mar 15, 2012

Hi Kelly and Yanele,

from (Daryll Bruno)

Great job on your wiki. You too seem to work great together as a team, as your wiki’s color, style, and theme seems consistent throughout. You use a clean and organized layout with minimum gimmicks and pictures and just relevant information. I like the way you have all the different sections together such as books together, websites together etc. I would like to see your paper (summary themes) on the main page and not downloaded. It is an excellent essay. I would like to see it at the bottom of the main wiki under a heading called summary. I would like to see you insert from the edit screen a table of contents for all your headings. How it works is all your headings like books, websites, summary etc make sure those words are written under heading1 font not “normal” font. Then when all headings are rewritten under heading1, go to top and click insert table of contents. I would like to see the correct APA references for those youtube videos. You can find it in the APA book. Please remove the wiki instructions at bottom of your wiki from the teacher, as they are no longer needed. This is not necessary, but I would like to read a one sentence statement or quote from each of you at the bottom of page about your one favorite self care practice and how it is bringing joy or changes to you.

(Daryll Bruno)

Student said

at 6:26 pm on Mar 20, 2012

Wiki Eval (Mike Bruno)
Hi Guys,

Really a very nice job on your wiki! What an important topic and one that seems to be very under appreciated. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and we discussed the epidemic number of people who don’t care for themselves. I am a big believer in preventiative medicine, and I think this is one of the best ways to minimize health issues. This may be one of the best wikis I have seen as it is very professional, clean and neat. I typically like pages that have a lot of photos, but the absence of photos actually looks even better; it looks like an actual web page! The quality of your sources is excellent, and the introductions are simple, yet to the point. The only things I would be aware of is possibly indenting the second line on citations. I had some issues with my page, and it seems it may be a program issue. The other point is keep an eye on grammar and capitalization as there were a few I’s that were iiiii’s. I know I am being really picky, but that’s because your work is that good!

Good luck with the rest of the course!


Student said

at 3:07 pm on Mar 26, 2012

The two of you did a great job on your project. I especially like that you have all of your information very organized and put together as one Wiki. I have noticed with others including myself that the wiki was posted more as an individual wiki. The power points were helpful in listing ideas of things we can do as easy as flossing or stretching. I also like your descriptions of the peer review articles. It is hard to find things that need to be fixed. You could maybe add a few more pictures and fix a couple grammar issues.
Good job!
Lindsay Dickson

Student said

at 4:36 pm on Mar 26, 2012

You both did a wonderful job with your wiki, my partner and I also had self-care and I can say that I learned a lot from all the research. Your organization is wonderful, great job. There are a few suggestions I would like to make, the first one being grammar, you have a lot of "i's" that need to be capitalized with a few other minor grammatical errors. Have some one other than your partner read over what you are writing; I am always amazed by the mistakes I overlook over and over but some one else spots immediately. I think it would be helpful to show the actual YouTube screen for your videos, it provides some visual entertainment. Maybe adding some more pictures would give your page a little more curb appeal.

Student said

at 4:38 pm on Mar 26, 2012

Sorry I forgot to add my name, Kristin Grissom.

Student said

at 3:07 pm on Mar 29, 2012

Hello ladies, both of you did a good job on your presentation for your Wiki page. A couple things I noticed that need improvement on your page are: the Wiki page itself is not very visually stimulating but noticed your PowerPoint’s were. I also believe that the first PowerPoint was too lengthy with words, (too detailed, much of the info could have been simply put into the Wiki page itself) and the second PowerPoint was good but slides 6 and 8 were unreadable because of the color of font chosen for those pages. Also, the first three links were too many steps to open because your information was not directly placed on the Wiki page. Also, on the positive, I found your page to be very organized as you scroll down through the page and both of you offered plenty of information pertaining to your topic of practicing self-care. (Serena Evander)

Student said

at 7:44 pm on Apr 1, 2012

HI guys I thought your page was very well done. It was very organized and well thought out. Some of the links are your page were a little hard to open. Over all i thought it was very well done.

Student said

at 8:09 am on Apr 2, 2012

Hey Ladies!
You have such an important transformational topic and you covered it well! I love all the videos on self care and exploring exercising. Exercise is such a significant part of our lives and sometimes we do not realize how imperative it is. The PowerPoint’s are great as well. I like how the page is set up in sections. It really helps that your wiki has a sense of flow. Thanks for sharing great information!
Tiffany Vaché

Student said

at 9:53 am on Apr 2, 2012

You have very nice pictures on your wiki. There is a nice variety of information!

I believe that intro photo to videos would be more appealing, as well as to the books! Great Job!!! Deborah Mulholland

Student said

at 10:07 pm on Apr 2, 2012

Very, very good job on your wiki!! I love all of the links as well as your power points! I think that all too often we forget just how important self care is and you did such a wonderful job at bringing it to light. I also love how organized it is...it flows well and makes it easier to navigate when everything is in sections! Keep up the great work!

Shelby Pierson

Student said

at 10:32 pm on Apr 2, 2012

I really like the way you broke down your wiki into sections for the information you provided. I found the website reviews to be really helpful and one website in particular was of interest to me and I have been on there since, so thank you!! I would have liked to see more images on this page, maybe you could put the book cover images and then have the information about the books next to them? I think the page could have used a little more color or fun attractive fonts also. (Jennifer Powell)

Student said

at 12:24 am on Apr 23, 2012

I have read all of your comments and have found them all to be very helpful.
I agreed that the summary should be at the bottom and that I should open the link instead of just have the link sit there. So I went ahead and fixed that. I also read that many of you thought there should be more pictures. I completely agree, so I went ahead and added the book covers to the books section. I dont know how to make the YouTube videos show up, i only know how to show the link. I really enjoyed reading all of your opinions and comments.
(Kelly Amaturo)

Student said

at 12:31 am on Apr 23, 2012

I also fixed the grammer in my sections. I forget that im not on Word and it doesn't correct my mistakes. But I have fixed my errors. I also added a more detailed description to my sections as well. This goes for the book descriptions, website descriptions, video descriptions, and article descriptions.
(Kelly Amaturo)

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