Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” —Mark 6:31
Self-care is unique for each individual. Self-care involves intentional actions taken to care for one’s self spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. It is also a very important part of the healing process.
Self-care is important, it’s not about self-indulgence it’s about self-preservation. Why spend your whole life caring for others and never do anything for yourself? Sometimes people attempt to meet the needs of family members, employers, children, friends, or society in general before meeting their own needs, and working to please and care for others often interferes with one’s self-care routine and can take a toll on a person’s well-being. When you are strong, people around you know that and tend to pull and rely on you. It’s great to be that person who everyone looks to in time of need and when they need to be strengthened but we must know when it’s time for us to rest, relax, take care of ourselves and enjoy the things we like to do, or explore new hobbies that we may enjoy. Caring for yourself is not something that is optional it is a must. We must intentionally build self-care into our lives, without it your health and relationships with yourself and others can suffer tremendously. It’s not only about what you do but also about what you avoid such has unhealthy or toxic relationships (or limit contact as much as possible), negative talk and gossip, consuming a lot of unhealthy foods, etc. You are also setting healthy examples for family and friends who look up to you when you lead by example engaging in self-care activities.
You spend so much time taking care of others, now it’s time to do something for yourself.
Some ways to implement self care:
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