1. Have realistic expectations about your work and your capabilities
2. Keep intellectually stimulated
3. Take regular planned vacations each year – balance work, rest and play
4. Monitor substance use and/or other processes you may use for relaxation or entertainment (video games, movies, sleep) – Passive forms of coping
5. Engage in proactive activities, e.g., aerobic exercise, spiritual reflection (prayer), mindfulness meditation, hobbies, walking or jogging, playing with cat/dog, humor with friends, frivolous/silly activities (e.g., fun with friends and/or relatives)
6. Become involved in volunteer associations and/or develop a hobby that is not work-related.
7. Colleague and social support – make and maintain professional connections
8. Challenge assumptions about seeking assistance/help
9. Collaborate, e.g., seek consultation when personally or professionally challenged
10. Make self-care a priority!
Adapted from APA’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance by NCPA’s Colleague Assistance Task Force