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Self Care Inventory

We all have our own needs and limits - taking good care of yourself means paying attention to what you need in order to be healthy, happy, and productive.

Self care is different than being selfish. Being selfish means doing whatever you want to do, without consideration for others' thoughts, feelings, and needs - even if your behavior is harmful to others.

Healthy Self Care is different. If you take good care of yourself, you will have more resources and energy to:
Self care makes you stronger, healthier, and happier!

Everyone has different ways of taking care of themselves. You are the expert on yourself and will know best how to take care of yourself in a healthy, positive way.

The Self Care Inventory has common healthy self care strategies. There may be lots of other strategies that work for you - feel free to enter your own in the spaces marked ‘other’.

Click here to take the Self Care Inventory (PDF 81KB) and get your Self Care Score!

The Self Care Inventory is a clickable PDF form. The form works in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari, but does not always work in Firefox. If you are having trouble filling in the form, please download the PDF to your computer to use it.

Sometimes you may engage in behaviors that make you feel better for a little while, but which may not be healthy and positive in the long run. These are Negative Coping Techniques. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do that are both enjoyable and healthy. These are Positive Coping Techniques.

Click here for a Stress Coping Checklist (PDF 1.03MB) is adopted from Kate Young, Ph.D. and designed to help you better understand your coping style!  Think about your coping techniques during the past two weeks. This will not generate a score and is for your reflection. We encourage you to keep a record of the completed checklist to monitor changes and improvements in your coping style.

The Stress Coping Checklist is a clickable PDF form. The form works in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari, but does not always work in Firefox. If you are having trouble selecting checkboxes, please download the PDF to your computer to use it.

Want more tips for good self care? Check out our Strategies List.

Remember: Work Hard, Play Hard, Rest Hard!

This program was designed in 2013 by Santa Clara University Counseling & Psychological Services. To use any material from this site, you must seek permission from the Cowell Center Director.