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Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals During Challenging Times

Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals During Challenging Times

Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals During Challenging Times

This course includes
1:39:00 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in April 2020


We have heard the saying ‘put your own oxygen mask on first before helping another’ and we know that self-care is an important part of health and well-being for all, including for healthcare practitioners. During times of difficulty and uncertainty, self-care may be even more essential to help us navigate a sustainable path forward.

What does self-care look like for you? Do you have the skills and tools you need to cultivate it?

Self-care is a popular term these days and perhaps the meaning has been watered-down and misinterpreted. When self-care becomes another item on your list of things ‘to do’ or an added pressure or expectation in an unrelenting pursuit of better health, it can become the antithesis of self-care and we might be missing the whole point of it.

Join Shelly Prosko, physiotherapist and yoga therapist, for this online course on tips and practices to cultivate self-care for healthcare professionals, presented as an ongoing dynamic process of skills that involve awareness, attention, self-reflection, self-compassion, insight, courage and action. Self-care and self-compassion are not selfish nor soft skills – they are life skills that help us have the inner resources available to care for and serve others in a sustainable way.

Compassion and self-compassion are shown to be associated with positive health effects such as reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, less ruminating thoughts, less fear of failure, and increased emotional resiliency, stress management, and adaptive coping strategies during challenging times.

Learn how we can cultivate self-care and compassion in our daily lives, amidst uncertainty and adversity, and help carve a healthy path forward that may be sustained beyond tumultuous times.


The instructors
Shelly Prosko

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator, author and pioneer of PhysioYoga who has been integrating yoga into physiotherapy since 1998 with a focus on chronic pain, pelvic health, compassion in healthcare and professional burnout. She guest lectures at numerous yoga therapy and physiotherapy schools, presents at yoga and medical conferences globally, contributes to academic research and writing, provides mentorship to professionals, and offers courses and resources for yoga and healthcare practitioners and the general population. Shelly is a Pain Care Aware Lead Trainer.

She considers herself a lifelong student and emphasizes the immense value gained from clinical experience and learning from the patients she serves, the professionals she teaches, and the colleagues with which she collaborates.

Shelly has written several book chapters in yoga therapy and integrative rehabilitation textbooks and is co-editor/author of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada and believes compassion is the foundation of healthcare and overall well-being.

Learn more about Shelly’s work at to learn more

Course Material included in this course
  • Course Introduction
  • Introductions
  • Opening Mindfulness
  • Feedback
  • Practitioner Self-Care During Challenging Times
  • Practice: Awareness Practices, Gratitude, and Intention Setting
  • Lecture: Outline Ingredients of Self-Care
  • Lecture: Define Compassion
  • Lecture: Define Self-Compassion
  • Practice: Self-Compassion Meditation
  • Lecture: Overview Evidence Surrounding Benefits of Compassion
  • Lecture: Describe Blocks to Compassion
  • Lecture: Outline Self-Care Practices
  • Practice: Self-Appreciation Meditation
  • Resource list
  • Feedback
  • Q&A
  • Q&A
  • Continue learning with Shelly
  • Feedback
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