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In the article I chose, Assuaging COVID-19 Peritraumatic Distress Among Mental Health Clinicians: The Potential of Self-Care, researchers examined COVID-19 related distress, self-care, and the predictive relationship between the two (Miller et al., 2021). Researchers used an exploratory study to identify relationships between the two using data collected from a sample of mental health social work clinicians. Overall, the study revealed that higher self-care practices predict significantly less distress.
This study suggests that self-care can be imperative to alleviating COVID-19 distress. Mental health practitioners, employers, and professionals must focus on increased awareness about the importance of self-care.
The recommendation is: Practitioners should seek out education and training associated with self-care (Miller et al., 2021). Increased self-care competency is critical to the integration of actions that make sustained self-care more likely.
I believe this recommendation is appropriately supported by the specific finding that self-care is a major contributing factor to alleviating levels of COVID-19 distress. This recommendation is based directly off the principle that those working in mental health must make a conscious effort to foster awareness about the importance of self-care. One of the best ways to do this is to seek out education and training associated with efficient self-care practices.
The study had a variety of limitations. One limited listed is that the sample used included a disproportionate demographic composed of mostly white females, which is not reflective of a general population of those who work in mental health. The study also did not include several key variables that could impact the relationships between self-care and distress caused by COVID-19, such as parental status and interactions with people around them who were (or were diagnosed with COVID-19.
The recommendation of fostering the importance of self-care was very pertinent to me as I currently work in mental health. Self-care is something that is talked about constantly amongst my colleagues. I myself value self-care very highly as I know it is the number one tool I have that can combat distress I experience with my job, not just as it pertains to COVID-19 stress.
Miller, J. J., Barnhart, S., Robinson, T. D., Pryor, M. D., & Arnett, K. D. (2021). Assuaging COVID-19 Peritraumatic Distress Among Mental Health Clinicians: The Potential of Self-Care. Clinical Social