Dare You to Practice Self- Care! Reflection and Self-Care Planning for Busy and Caring People


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Target Audience

  • K-12 Educators
  • Parents
  • Community Members
  • Researchers
  • Caregivers
  • Advocates & Activists


In these busy and uncertain times, it is easy to just focus on the next item on your “to do” list and get lost in helping others. When time is of the essence, it may even seem selfish to practice self- care. We are all at risk of burnout and experiencing the negative effects of stress. Taking care of ourselves is essential to our well-being as well as serving and helping others to fulfill their greatest potential. We “dare” you to self-care! This workshop will provide a safe space for personal reflection and self- care visioning and planning, as well as provide ideas for simple self- care strategies to try.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of self-care in your own life;
  • Reflect on the relationship between your self- care to teaching/ parenting at your best;
  • Identify your own self-care strengths and areas to improve;
  • Define your vision of your future and create a personalized self-care plan based on this;
  • Learn various self-care techniques, such as how to: focus on gratitude, practice square breathing, and do self-checks;
  • Learn a simple phrase to repeat to yourself when you are stressed; and
  • Gain self-monitoring techniques to try at home.

Workshop Leader

Photo: Naomi Tanaka

Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka is a faculty member of the Center on Disability Studies at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where her work has focused on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in early intervention. The Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator of the Hawaiʻi Positive Engagement Project (H-PEP), her projects aim to grow the strengths of educators, families, and students. H-PEP is a statewide program that empowers early educators and parents of young children to be their best selves. H-PEP provides professional development and training focused on building strengths through self-care. Naomi is passionate about strengthening teams through technical as well as adaptive leadership. She is the author and illustrator of a self-published award winning children’s book, Brighter, Brighter, Brighter!, which was originally created as a peace project. Naomi holds a BS in Educational Studies/Family and Community Services and an MS in Early Childhood/Special Education from the University of Oregon. She also has a post-masters Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies, and is currently working on her PhD in Education, with a focus on Learning Design and Technology. Her area of study is how technology can be used to increase personal happiness, peace, and resilience.