Self Care Tool Box

We support you in post trauma and creating a new way of being of your life. It is important to treat yourself with loving kindness and respect on your healing path.The key to healing is to be proactive in your healing journey. Given there is no cookie cutter approach as those with PTS have varying symptoms and possibly addictions or co-morbid conditions, finding what works for you is important. Having a professional therapist involved in your treatment is recommended. Finding what works for you as alternative supports and filling up your self-care toolbox is beneficial to enhancing your life. We encourage you to take advantage of support and programs listed in your area with Badge of Life Canada. It is your responsibility to discern and decide what your needs are regarding your happiness, health, healing and wellbeing. It is your responsibility to pursue meeting those needs. Others can help you heal, but whom you choose to listen to, hire and allow to support your health and wellbeing is your responsibility.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD
Jennifer L. Strauss, PhD, Ariel J. Lang, PhD, and Paula P. Schnurr, PhD
Complementary Alternatives for PTSD by |U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies

Broadly conceptualized, “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) refers to treatments not considered to be standard in the current practice of Western medicine:

Complementary refers to the use of these techniques in combination with conventional approaches.
Alternative refers to their use in lieu of conventional practices.

Many treatments and techniques that are considered CAM within the U.S. are part of conventional medicinal practices in other parts of the world. As Western practitioners and consumers increasingly adopt these approaches, the boundaries between conventional medicine and CAM continue to shift. Please visit The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) for a complete overview of CAM interventions.”

Do your research- visit the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health Website
March/April 2014 Issue Article
Treatments for Veterans With PTSD — Outside the Traditional Toolbox
By Kate Jackson
Social Work Today
Vol. 14 No. 2 P. 18

“Evidence-based practice is the gold standard for treating PTSD, but there’s growing recognition that complementary and alternative therapies may be useful adjuncts to meet the needs of some veterans who’ve experienced trauma.”
National Center for PTSD Research Newsletter Complementary and Alternative Treatments for PTSD – advancing science and promoting understanding of traumatic stress

Take the On-line Anonymous Self-Screening Tool

Take the Self_Care_Assessment


Consider what you do now for self-care and list those activities within each dimension of self-care on this worksheet (or you can add new
dimensions at the end that represent other aspects of your life). Identify new strategies that you will begin to incorporate as part of your ongoing maintenance self-care plan — pay particular attention to domains that you have not been addressing in the past. On the last page identify barriers that might interfere with ongoing self-care, how you will address them, and any negative coping strategies you would like to target for change.


Self-care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch. ~Parker Palmer

TakeTheDrugTest -CareNZ Addiction Treatment & Recovery

Do you think you have a problem with drug use? Are you not sure if you should get help or not? Our drug self-assessment test can help you to get an idea if your drug is at a harmful level and what you can do in this situation. If you feel that an online test can’t answer your questions, do not hesitate to contact one of our services to arrange an appointment. Our friendly staff will listen to you and help you clear your questions and concerns. The following questions refer to your use of drugs (excluding alcohol) in the past 12 months. By drugs, we mean illicit drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are used in excess or in a non-medical way.

AlcoholSelfAssessment -CareNZ Addiction Treatment & Recovery

This is the World Health Organization standard audit for drinkers to test their drinking. The questions have been created to look at a whole range of different relationships with alcohol without having to go through a long series of questions. The results of the questionnaire, your 'score' if you like, are a guideline to help you come to some conclusions yourself. There is an old saying that goes like this – 'if you think you have a problem with your drinking then you probably do!' The questions below refer to your use of alcoholic drinks over the past year. Please try to answer the questions as honestly and accurately as you can. The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale Understanding the Impact of Long-term Stress

Understanding our brain's reaction to stress: How to adopt positive mental health hygiene habits

PTSDCoachOnline PTSD Coach Online is for anyone who needs help with upsetting feelings. Trauma survivors, their families, or anyone coping with stress can benefit. -U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs