Enter “self care” in Google and you’ll immediately see why Self-Care is so important and confusing at the same time. Which raises two questions: what’s Self-Care really? And why is it important?
In the 80’s, the World Health Organization defined self-care as:
“activities individuals, families, and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.”
Wordy, but understandable.
In time, the term self-care also gained political meaning:
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare” – Audre Lorde on the Black Lives Matter movement.
A valid point.
But mostly nowadays self-care is about techniques used for coping with stress from heavy workloads.
What’s Self-Care really?
Clearly, Self-Care is a subject that’s open for interpretation.
However, at it’s core Self-Care is a very active choice to take part in activities that help gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health.
It’s the practice of taking time to do activities that nurture your mind, body and spirit.
Some examples of Self-Care activities include: taking a bath, lighting candles, meditating, praying, and exercise. But there’s no wrong answers really.
Why is Self-Care important?
Not taking time to nurture yourself is like skipping servicing your car. Only this car drives 24/7.
Eventually, it’ll break down/burn out.
Having a simple Self-Care practice will help you ground yourself. You’ll start really showing up and be present in your life.
Your Self-Care practice is totally up to you…
Take a day for yourself every week or include some kind of Self-Care practice every day, it’s up to you.
What matters is how you feel during and after your practice and whether you can keep it up.
Don’t know how to start a Self-Care practice? Click here for easy include Self-Care activities.