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  Self-Care & Resilience  


 "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists." 

     Japanese proverb



   Lessons in Self-Care:  



1. It is "Ok" to take care of yourself. 

To facilitate healing within others, nurses must undertake healing within themselves. this is a life-long process that ebs and flows with the events impacting us in our journey. honor the unique development of your intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual self and body through practice, self-reflection, and education. this develops authentic and deep introspection needed to grow from within. 



2. Nurses who regularly engage in holistic self-care activities become fluent in self-assessment and conscious empowerment. 

he self-care process helps holistic nurses effectively manage the physical and emotional stressors of the work and home environments to become more effective caregivers and healers.  








 3. Self-care is a core value of holistic nursing.  


"Holistic nurses value themselves and mobilize the necessary resources to care for themselves. they endeavor to integrate self-awareness, self-care, self-healing, and self-responsibility into their lives by incorporating a variety of practices including: mind-body practices, biologically-based  therapies, manipulative and body based methods, energy therapies, good nutrition and exercise, lifelong learning, and self-assessment."     





a sturdy refusal to acknowledge defeat... which aids as effectively in affairs of the heart as in encounters of a sterner and more practical kind."

- P. G. Wodehouse


 AHNA's Newest Resource 


"Tapping for Resilience”

Tapping, or The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an evidence based practice combining the manual stimulation of acupressure points with present-day cognitive and exposure therapies. Nelms, J. A., & Castel, L. (2016). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized and Nonrandomized Trials of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the Treatment of Depression. Explore (New York, N.Y.), 12(6), 416–426.

The process of tapping specific points is an effective holistic tool to regain control of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-limiting beliefs, addictions, and chronic pain. Rancour, Patrice; The Emotional Freedom Technique: Finally, a Unifying Theory for the Practice of Holistic Nursing, or Too Good to Be True?
Journal of Holistic Nursing Dec 2017: 35 (4): 382-388.

Easily performed and self-administered, Tapping is a potent non-pharmaceutical intervention for nurses seeking a whole-person approach to healing psychological and physical imbalances.



PDF tapping for Resilience










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Bennett, M. (2015). It's about resilience. American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Beginnings, (35)6, 6-9, 26-27.

Rovinsky, P. (2015). Stress and resiliency: Challenges of 21st century living. American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Beginnings, (35)6, 18-20.

Rosa, W. (2014). Caring science and compassion fatigue: Reflective inventory for the individual processes of self- healing. American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Beginnings; 34(4), 18-20.

Schroeder, T. (2017). Meditation for emotional well-being. American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Beginnings; 37(3), 10-11.

World Health Organization, 2016.