So, what exactly is self-care? The definition can change from person to person. It all depends on what each individual considers comforting, nurturing, healing, or fun. The bottom line is that self-care is defined as any activity or treatment that you do deliberately to take care of your own mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. It means meeting your own needs first before bending to meet another person’s needs. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup ─ you have to take care of yourself first. As Agnes Wainman explained, self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.”
This becomes difficult in a society where we are taught that success is measured through hard work. How often have you felt a pang of guilt to step away, take a breath, maybe have a cup of tea ─ full well knowing that there are a million tasks at hand that are piling up and need to be tended to? How often have you actually denied yourself something as simple as a deep breath and cup of tea because of this? Honestly, it seems to happen more often than not for so many of us.
The reality is that when you are feeling stressed out, stretched thin, or like you’re running on fumes ─ it seriously affects the quality of work you’re trying to achieve, whatever that may be. It’s very difficult to imagine how slowing down and actually briefly halting our work could actually make us more efficient! How could that be? It’s because when you run yourself dry ─ you are operating at half vitality and robbing yourself both of your full potential to accomplish whatever you may want to, but also the ability to completely enjoy your free time once you do have it.
So, where do you start? Well, self-care needs to be something that you actually plan, not something that just happens by itself. An important part of self-care is the deliberation you put into focusing on you and only yourself for a bit. Track and plan activities on a calendar (“Important Date! Hot Bath at 7:30PM”), be vocal about your self-care plans with others to deepen your commitment to them, create a list of things that stress you out and then avoid all of them during your designated self-care time (checking your phone/email, social media, or attending a gathering that you really don’t like.)
There are basic things like making sure you get enough sleep, eating a nutritious meal, or exercising that people often turn to as common acts of self-care, but you will have to ask yourself what exactly it is that feeds your soul in particular ─ and then do that!
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