This action research project investigates how practicing self-care impacts well-being and emotional intelligence for me personally, as a working interpreter, and as a signing instructional assistant. Tools used to collect data were a modified Well-Being Survey (The KIDSCREEN Group, 2004), an Emotional Intelligence Test (Daniel, 2000), and the Junto Emotion Wheel (Chadha, 2022). Data was collected and analyzed for eleven weeks from May to July. This research was conducted to see what kind of impact self-care would have on my well-being and emotional intelligence. The goal was to see how taking care of myself could improve my mood and well-being, prevent burnout from work, and build better relationships with colleagues at work. The results demonstrated that the number of self-care activities I participated in would go down when I was in a good mood and feeling positively about work, and that I used self-care when I was feeling down or stressed. Overall, I found that by the end of the eleven weeks, I had medium to high emotional intelligence scores which indicated that self-care helped me develop in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

Exit Requirement

Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney


self-care, well-being, emotional intelligence, burnout, ASL interpreting, professional development, stress, emotional exhaustion



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Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation | Sign Languages

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