This Quarter: FOCUS ON
Resource Newsletter
2020 Vol.II
In the past, this quarterly newsletter has been focused on topics that increase knowledge and resources that will benefit the customers/clients/neighbors. This issue is a special edition newsletter focused on you, the agency partner, to provide a venue for reflection and resources that will benefit you in this atypical climate of a pandemic.   

We care. We are caregivers. The work we do speaks to each of us differently. We are asked to ‘do more with less’ caring for others by making sure their basic needs for food are met. It can be easy to overlook, dismiss or push aside the care we need to give ourselves in order to do the work.

Self-care is spoken with great frequency these days as we find ourselves living and serving under the pandemic. Whether you have been considering a plan of action to relieve stress or you are a well-practiced professional let’s take a moment and break it down.

Self-Care - the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Without a doubt we are most definitely living in a period of high stress. More than ever we need to make sure we are taking proper care of ourselves first. We are here to support you with information and suggestions as we take the opportunity in this issue of the Agency360 Quarterly Resource Newsletter to help you take care of yourself.

Whether you call it mindfulness or self-care it all boils down to individuality. Everyone’s approach will be different. Hopefully the information, resources, suggested readings and examples from your peers will spark something within you and help to bring a moment of calm to your day.
How Your Peers Are Practicing Self-Care
We asked several of the Agency Council Partners to share with us how they and their staff are coping and taking time for self-care.
Kathy Kelly Long
Pantry Manager
Broad Street Presbyterian Food Pantry
How Are You Practicing Mindfulness and Self-Care?
If you'd like to share your thoughts and methods please email them to Ann Miller-Tobin so we may continue to support one another and share our best practices. Send your thoughts to:
Supporting Yourself Through Self-Care
Supporting Yourself Through Self-Care
The Ohio State University
Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service
April 6, 2020

Self-care is always a helpful tool for improving your mental health and wellness, but in challenging times like these when our normal lives are disrupted, it’s even more important to focus on taking care of yourself through regular self-care practices. We’ve put together a collection of self-care ideas that can help as you start incorporating self-care into your daily life. Everyone’s routine will look different, so start small and make sure to do things throughout your day that promote mental health and wellness in your life.
  1. Take care of your body Go back to the basics: Drink water; eat healthy, balanced meals; aim to get eight hours of sleep each night.
  2. Maintain or start a routine Continue to shower, get dressed, eat breakfast or whatever you need to do to make it feel like a regular morning.
  3. Set clear boundaries Clearly tell others what you will and will not participate in and stick with that boundary. Limit time on phone and silent it at certain hours and remember to make and honor emotional boundaries too.
  4. Be self-aware about social media Notice your experience on social media. How do you feel when you are scrolling through your feed? If it is an unwanted feeling, take a break and change how and when you’re using it.
  5. Find enjoyable activities outside of work Set aside time to enjoy hobbies unrelated to your academic work. Find an activity that allows you to relax and slow down, like yoga, painting or journaling.
  6. Physical activity Take a walk, dance in your apartment
  7. Spend time with animals and nature Not everything is COVID-19. Surround yourself with things that can remind you of the peace that exists.
  8. Celebrate the small successes Keep a journal of proud moments and remind yourself that you are working toward a goal and you are closer every day.
  9. Create time for spiritual connection if that’s important to you This could mean tuning in for a weekly yoga class, attending an online religious service or even reflecting on the beauty of nature. Find something meaningful that feels good to your spirit and make it a practice.
  10. Find connection It is vital to have social support. Send a text to a friend or schedule a Zoom date for a few times per week to stay connected. You are not alone.
Remember, it’s important to honor your emotions and it is okay
if you need to talk to someone.
Creating A Self-Care Plan
Creating A Self Care Plan
The Ohio State University
Office of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service
April 15, 2020

Self-care can take many different forms, and over the past few weeks you have likely heard a lot of suggestions for ways to take care of yourself and improve your mental health and wellness during this difficult time.
There are some self-care tips that will benefit anyone’s mental and physical health, like staying hydrated, getting enough sleep and choosing healthy, nutritious food when you can, but when it comes to self-care, what works best for some might not work best for all. With this in mind, the most important thing to support your own well-being is to have a self-care plan built to meet your own specific needs.
To help you create your own personal self-care plan, we recommend breaking down your needs into categories: mental, physical and spiritual. Mental care might include reading a book for fun, learning a new skill or unplugging from social media. Physical care could mean taking a yoga class, talking a walk outside or drinking more water. Spiritual care might mean meditation, prayer or connecting with friends and family more often. The most important thing is finding the activities that will help you the most.
Consider using a worksheet like the one linked below to help brainstorm the ways you can care for and support each need. Having a visual plan will allow you to write out your goals and return to them, even as you work through difficult times.

Use the following link to download the Self-Care Plan Worksheet associated with this article.
Recommended Reading
Mental Health
  • NetCare (24-hour crisis stabilization) (614) 276-2273
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or Text Telephone: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889) 
  • Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
Other links you may want to check out