What is self-care?
I was talking with a friend at lunch who made the comment that recently she was sick and felt sense of obligation to work when her body indicated she needed to rest. I remarked that she was neglecting self care. She turned defensive and listed the various ways she puts her self first . What she listed could be better categorized as self indulgence- treating her self to nice meals, traveling, etc.
Afterwards , it came to me as I reflected on our conversation that she isn’t the only one that uses self indulgence and self care interchangeable. When we think about self care what comes to mind is indulgence, treating ourselves, pampering.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.” Oscar Wilde
Life is hectic and with everything we have completing for our time on our never ending to do list. Usually self care falls at the bottom of the list as we try to accommodate as much as we can into our busy schedule. We try to be everything to everybody and in multiple places at once. Resulting in us burned out, with nothing to give, running on fumes.
Our being (mind and body) are our greatest asset, without it we powerless to do anything. And when one is out of wack, it negatively impacts the other.
For example, unmanaged anxiety can contribute to stomach problems. It’s has been documented that people with seriously health problems also suffer with depression.
So what is self care ? According to Wikipedia self care is all Health care decision people make for themselves and their families to ensure they are physically and mentally fit.
People who practice self care demonstrated self care maintenance behaviors such as illness prevention, illness behaviors and proper hygiene.
Just as a car can’t go without fuel, we can’t go without self care. I hope this post has inspired you to put yourself at the top of your to do list. What are 2 small changes you can make to make your mental and physical health a priority? If you are having trouble figuring that out , contact me. It would be a pleasure to help you sort it all out.