In Counseling, we use this term a lot not only with our clients but also for ourselves. The University of Kentucky defines self-care as including “any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health.”
There are many different examples of self-care. There are actions, everyone has their own, that bring you a little bit of peace. Some include: gardening, meditation, taking a bath, reading, coloring, painting, exercise, or cooking for pleasure.
Sometimes it’s about being in places that you enjoy, places that bring you a sense of peace and calm. This could be in the shower, on the beach, in your backyard, in the middle of the woods, at the lake.
The perfect place where you feel all your worries and stresses melt away as you stare off at the beautiful scenery. These places feel like time is standing still. They make you think about time itself, about history, and philosophy, and a whole host of other things. But they put a sense of peace in your heart.
So why is self care important?
Well, it’s important because in life we are bombarded with stress, negativity, and just plan bullshit all day everyday. It’s either stuff we’re dealing with in our own lives or we’re taking on the emotions, stress, and what have you from other people’s lives. When we get overwhelmed we keep taking care of everyone and everything else and stop taking care of ourselves!
We let our hygiene lapse. We don’t take time to relax or decompress, process what the hell just happened. We just let everything eat away at us until we can’t take it anymore.
Today, think about how you can take care of yourself, even for 30 minutes every few days.
Post your ideas in the comments!!