Self-Care as an Obligation

  • Greg Bohall
  • Mary-Jo Bautista


Self-care is an active lifestyle that will help minimize the exposure to stressful events (although some you cannot avoid) in your career in psychology as well as coping with stressful events that do arise. Self-care encompasses the practices and activities that are completed regularly to manage stress as well as to improve our current and future overall health. Oftentimes self-care is viewed as a practice to solely help in your career; however, the main focus is on overall health. Overall health includes personal as well as professional considerations. By achieving this lifestyle, you can identify and manage known challenges and stressors; explore and become aware of your own personal strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities; and achieve a balance in your life. This overall balance includes stable physical and mental health, managing and preventing stress, maintaining and improving social and professional support networks, and balancing your personal lifestyle and career. Essentially, this balance includes consideration of all the areas from The Psychologist’s Treatment Plan: medical, mental health, substance use, family support, social support, legal issues, employment, and education. In this chapter, we will provide an overview of how self-care is an ethical obligation, identify the personal and professional consequences of burnout and other workplace hazards, explore areas of self-care, and review how to put this exploration into practice.


Self-care Occupational hazards Job burnout Job demands-resources model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Bohall
    • 1
  • Mary-Jo Bautista
    • 2
  1. 1.CHE Behavioral Health ServicesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.BellflowerUSA

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