Self-Care Workbook

Click here to discover Carepatron's Self-Care Workbook and how to implement it into your practice to support your patients.

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An introduction to self-care: what is it?

Self-care is the intentional practice of maintaining health and preventing and coping with disease, illnesses, and disability. This can be through a therapist's support or one's own devices (World Health Organization, 2022).

These practices recognize personal needs and make choices that prioritize activities that make an individual happy. Self-careSelf-care ultimately works to cultivate a positive relationship and build resilience to life's many challenges.

Self-care can include reading, gardening, shopping, taking bubble baths, getting quality sleep, going to the gym, and increasing social connections.

The great thing about self-care is that it is entirely up to the individual. All it needs to do is make the person happy and content and contribute positively to their wellbeing. Check below for some more ideas on self-care!

Printable Self-Care Workbook

Download this Self-Care Workbook to recognize personal needs and make choices that prioritize activities that make an individual happy.

The benefits of self-care on mental health

There are many benefits to self-care and its impact on psychological well-being. If you want a more detailed version of the benefits, you can check out this link to our Self-Care Plan.

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced resilience
  • Prevention of burnout
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better mental clarity
  • Healthy coping mechanisms
  • Improved relationships
  • Increased productivity
  • Overall life satisfaction

How to use this Self-Care Workbook

Utilizing this workbook is simple! We've created a simple step-by-step instruction set for you to follow when using this with your clients. Check it out below:

Step one: Download the workbook

You can do this by following the link below. That will take you to a document you can download onto your device for online completion or a printable version for your clients to use at home. However you choose to use this workbook, Carepatron has got you covered.

Step two: Talk with your client

We recommend that you chat with your client before beginning this workbook. It's a good idea to walk through the workbook with your patients to understand how they perceive the work they will complete. You can talk about any ideas they might have, what they might engage with, and if they have any questions.

Step three: Decide how you are going to move forward

Having an open conversation about how the client should fill in this workbook will support you in building rapport. You know the client the best. If you think you should supervise what they fill out the form with, that's fine. The workbook will still be helpful if you decide this is a homework task supporting other mental health treatments.

Step four: Store the workbook

If you retain a copy of this workbook once completed, you can rely on Carepatron. Storing this paper confidentially with our secure OS system has never been more accessible. If you decide to do this workbook again in a few months, you can reflect on your progress!

Self-Care Workbook example (sample)

Here at Carepatron, we're dedicated to making life as easy as possible for mental health professionals. That's why we've completed a Self Care Workbook to see what answers might look like from individuals and how you can incorporate this workbook into your practice.

Download this free Self-Care Workbook example here:

Self-Care Workbook example (sample)

When can mental health professionals use this resource?

The great thing about this self-care workbook is that it can be used to identify ways to cope through activities that make the individual happy. It can be used within the mental health field in several ways. Here are a few:

Therapeutic intervention

A therapist can use this worksheet as a therapeutic intervention during sessions. Those who are living with psychological issues impacting their mood can use this worksheet to develop a care plan that works alongside their current suggestions for psychological support.

Preventative care

Counselors can use this free care planner resource as a preventative care option for clients who may be at risk of psychological distress. This can help individuals maintain their psychological well-being before they reach a breaking point.

Support groups

You can also use these worksheets in group settings. This way, individuals may feel inclined to support each other on their journey and offer ideas on wellness. You can separate the worksheets into different sections to manage what you focus on weekly during sessions.


Another way that this care planner may be significantly appreciated is by teachers of students who are going through a difficult time in their lives. During middle and high school, students can be urged to reflect on their awareness of their current self-care practices.

You may also urge these skills to individuals attending seminars about self-care. When discussing the importance of the self-care process, you can utilize this resource to walk through the critical information it can hold for personal use.

Why use Carepatron as your therapy software?

Carepatron is the perfect place for all your therapy software needs.

Here at Carepatron, we are dedicated to simplifying all healthcare professionals' lives. We take this very seriously as we are motivated by our mental health care specialists mainly. With over 200 templates dedicated to therapy techniques you can utilize in your clinic, you can ensure you're obtaining only the most significant and genuine information to use in your clinical setting.

We're also big on our OS system. Carepatron has a range of tools and resources that set us apart from other healthcare systems.

When you choose Carepatron, you can access therapy practice management software that supports you and your co-workers. You can look forward to our ability to set patient reminders with our patient appointment reminder software, the ease of our clinical note system with our clinical documentation software that allows you access from home or the office, and the payment part of the session with our medical billing software.

So, what are you waiting for? Download Carepatron, and you can access various psychological and other resources that allow you and your client to make sure you and they are taking their self-care journey as seriously as they need.

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Sawyer, H. (2023). Mindfulness: Strategies to implement targeted self-care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 100614.

World Health Organization. (2022). Self-care interventions for health.

What is self-care?
What is self-care?

Commonly asked questions

What is self-care?

Self-care is the intentional act of providing adequate time to do the things you enjoy. These activities can support your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual self.

Why is self-care important?

When we don't take time to nurture ourselves, we often burn into overdrive. Self-care is essential to ensure all aspects of our well-being are taken care of. Self-care can prevent psychological concerns and support a positive living environment.

How can I incorporate self-care?

The best way to incorporate self-care is to make time within your established routine. If you scroll your phone using social media each night before bed, you may choose to swap this out for a self-care journal time.

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