Group 13: Self-care

  • Carefulness. Feeling appropriate fear and avoiding unwise risks.
  • Habits of self-care. Healthy habits regarding drinking, smoking, drug use, exercise, and diet.
  • Relaxation. Calming yourself, letting the mind drift pleasantly and the body be at ease.
  • Self-nurture. Delivering assuring or care-taking thoughts to yourself, feeling comforted thereby. 


- Book excerpt, Instructions on Psychological Skills


- Sample Self-care modeling story, Programmed Readings for Psychological Skills:

     A boy named Rusty was very strong. He lifted weights. But one day Rusty's back got hurt. The doctor said, "Your back will heal. You can start to lift in two months. But do not lift before then." 

     Rusty did what the doctor said. But the next day, Rusty saw two men. They were carrying a piano. They needed help. Rusty knew he could help with their load. He liked to help with things like this. He got to be kind and to show how strong he was. 

     But Rusty remembered what his doctor had said. He said, "I'm sorry I can't help you. I have to let my back heal."

     The men said, "That's OK." Later, Rusty thought to himself, "I did the right thing for myself."


A. self-care and compliance,


B. nonviolence and conservation?