Inside the Survivor’s Guide

Self-Care and Other Resources

Self-care is the practice of caring for your own mind, body, and spirit with dedicated actions to reduce stress and increase wellness. Self-care is essential for AFE survivors.


What is Self-Care and Why it’s Important

We’ve all heard the airline rules to “put your oxygen mask on first, then place it on your children.” It’s simple and potentially life-saving advice that is an easy metaphor for self-care. However, it can be tremendously challenging to carve time out for yourself, especially if you are still recovering from your AFE and are caring for your baby or are grieving. So often our, and our babies’, healthcare needs are the priority and leave little time to focus on the emotional and or spiritual recovery.

The National Institute for Mental Health says, “although self-care is not a cure for mental illnesses it can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment and recovery”.

Self-Care Activities

This abbreviated list is taken from Psychology Today. Check out their comprehensive lists of self care activities.

  • Breathe in fresh air
  • Snuggle under a cozy blanket
  • Mindful coloring
  • Take a hot shower or a warm bath
  • Go for a walk or drive
  • Cuddle with a pet
  • Burn a scented candle
  • Stare up at the sky or clouds
  • Take a nap
  • Listen to music
  • Write in a journal
  • Spend time in nature
  • Pray
  • Call a friend
  • Stretch

AFE Reflective Color Page

Check out our AFE Survivor Reflective Coloring Page designed by artist and AFE Survivor, Liana Albers. Make it yours, download it now and start coloring.

Self-Care Apps

Use your mobile device to help you restore your mind, body and spirit.

Books Written by AFE Survivors

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