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Self-Care: Doing Your Best Requires Being Your Best

By Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh,
authors of Building Your Career Transition Strategy


Service members are taught to put the needs of others and the needs of the group above their own. This is admirable and makes sense during deployment. But back at home, it is just as sensible to follow a self-care plan.

Now you're in command. Leading yourself correctly ensures your well-being as well as the well-being of those around you. Moreover, self-care is essential to any career transition as being healthy, confident and poised makes you a standout candidate. Therefore, don't make the mistake of thinking that self-care is purely selfish-self-care is the only sure way to take charge of your life successfully and to impact others positively.

Here are some simple yet important tips for self-care during transition from Building Your Career Transition Strategy:

  • Eat right, exercise, and get rest-the first two will assist with the third.
  • Find and do things that are fun and playful and make you laugh.
  • Recognize that it shows more courage to seek help than it does to suffer alone.
  • Take responsibility for whatever you can do to change your situation for the better.
  • Resist cultural norms that suggest that you need to respond to challenging situations by putting on a stoic or cheerful face.

For most service members, getting back home is a much-anticipated event. However, along with all the happy moments following your return, times of self-doubt and confusion will almost certainly be part of the experience, too. Knowing your personality style and how it shapes what brings purpose to your life and work-combined with taking your well-being seriously-can help at home and on the job, in good times and in bad.

You are now the captain of your own ship. Steer it wisely toward better physical and mental health, which not only benefits you and your career prospects, but all those around you.

You can learn more about the topic of personality type and reintegration from Building Your Career Transition Strategy: A Framework for Managing the Reintegration Process. This guidebook is intended for anyone facing the career and life transitions required by reintegration.

Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh are experts with more than twenty-five year's experience in the application of personality type. You can contact them at


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