A study on the self-care strategies of over 550 hospice workers in the US and their self-care strategies found that physical activity and social support were the most commonly cited strategies in managing stress. 
Protective practices will:
Protective skills in dealing with complex interactions can:
Protective arrangements by health services can:
Experienced clinicians should take every opportunity to model good self-care practices, mentor junior staff in good self-care practices and explicitly teach self-care skills.
A study undertaken of community nurses highlighted the need for shared responsibility by healthcare organisations in relation to self-care. The authors also recognise that some nurses feel there is a stigma that prevents them from prioritising self-care needs. 
The concept of an individualised self-care plan for palliative care providers  focuses on four self-care domains:
Download the palliAGED self-care template (83kb pdf)
Self-Care Plan (83kb pdf)
The plan encourages a systematic approach to identifying warning signs of stress and burnout in each area, and the development of protective practices. This process has not yet been formally validated, but has the potential to be used by individuals, or incorporated into mentoring and supervision relationships within palliative care teams.
Developing self-awareness is an important step in self-care. It assists you to identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as to understand why you react the way you do in certain situations. Being self-aware can assist you to manage your emotions rather than being overwhelmed by them. Develop your self-awareness by reflecting on how you respond in stressful situations and why you respond this way. Questions to consider in relation to your work include:
Along with increasing your self-awareness, other self-care strategies that will assist you in responding effectively to grief include:
Practitioners who work in isolation from others or are not part of a palliative care team may find it more difficult to meet their own needs for self-care. It is also important for isolated practitioners to identify potential mentors and people with whom they can debrief.
Complete the palliAGED self-care learning module
Watch the Agency for Clinical Innovation video, Clinical supervision - caring for the care provider
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Last updated 09 October 2023