Considering the world-wide events and the effects these days, self-care is definitely something we all can improve on. As interpreters are professionals, a self-care plan that assesses one’s behavior and how this directly affects interpreting skills should also be able to qualify as Professional Studies. If interpreters are encouraged to improve in self-care, we can see a direct positive effect in the interpreting profession. As interpreters, our body and mind make up our instrument. Just like a vehicle requirements maintenance to perform its duties, so we require care to do our jobs. This includes self-awareness, self-regulation, stress-management, and other forms of self-care. Without these basic needs being met, our ability to communicate, behave in ethical ways, and collaborate with Deaf, hearing, and hard of hearing teams and participants is negatively impacted.
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