Self-Care for Survivors

Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. It is crucial for our well-being. Guy Winch in his Ted Talk explains that when we practice self-care we tend to focus on our physical well-being and ignore our psychological health.

It is important to know that you never have to deal with the stress or emotions of being a survivor on your own. If you would like to talk to someone, please visit the Resources and Support page or view this Flowchart of resource options. If you would like to attend the student-run survivor group, please contact Lisa Peterson or Counseling.

Things to remember when thinking about self-care:

  • Feeling a lot of different emotions is normal
  • Try not to minimize your feelings
  • It is not your fault
  • Surviving an assault is proof that the survivor did their best
  • The gender, sexuality, or disposition of the assailant does not define a survivor in any way

The first part of self-care is making sure that both your physical and psychological needs are met. Physically this means eating when you are hungry, moving around each day, sleeping, and seeking out medical care when you need it. Psychologically this means talking to someone if you want to, being supportive and nurturing to yourself, surrounding yourself with loving people, and doing things that you enjoy each and every day.

Find Supporting Communities

You are not alone. It may help to look for and become a part of survivor communities local and worldwide. Check out these examples:

For all Survivors -"Your Voices"

Support for Men

For Transgender Survivors -Forge

"Happy and Healthy" -RAINN's Pinterest Board

Project Unbreakable