If you are not Loving and Appreciating yourself then, don’t you think it is time for some SELF-CARE.
Not everything that’s faced can be changed but
nothing can be changed that is not faced. James Baldwin
What is self-care? According to the Oxford Dictionary – Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particularly during periods of stress.
Is taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Self-care can mean different things to different individuals. It all depends on what your self-care needs are and what you enjoy doing that brings you a sense of contentment.
Self-care requires discipline.
Self-care is different for everyone. Someone may consider a day in bed without disturbance self-care, while another enjoys watching their favorite movies. No matter what you find soothing, relaxing or calming, it is crucial that everyone develops a self-care routine. Why so crucial, you might ask?
Self-Care improves your physical health.
Simple activities like brushing your teeth, exercise, sleeping or eating well are things we often overlook as self-care as we go about out daily pursuit of the good life. Even these small things are beneficial to our personal well-being.
Self-care reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
Simple practices like running a bath, yoga, meditation, music or indulging in a favorite hobby are self-care activities. They allow you to relax, calm your mood and boost your mental health and overall well-being.
Self-care prevents the onset of mental health issues.
Simple changes to your routine like eating well, sleeping longer, taking a day off to relax are ways to help restore and maintain your sanity.
Self-care increases esteem and self-confidence.
Self-care allows you to concentrate on things that make you happy. Taking a longer bath allows you to become more relaxed and refreshed, boosting your self-worth and self- confidence.
Self-care and faith.
The Bible encourages us to take care of ourselves for we are His creation.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We must do a good thing in ourselves to bring about what God has created us to be.
I Corinthians 3:16 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” Make it your goal to treat your body like the temple that it is.
The Pandemic has caused us to take a serious look at self-care for ourselves. It has changed the way we communicate, care for others, educate our children, and work. It has caused us to have to deal with isolation and it brought on anxiety, depression, stress, and mental fatigue.
Have you noticed on the freeway and traveling down the city streets that everyone is in such a big hurry to get to wherever they are going? Individuals are always trying to accomplish something faster and faster so they can move on to the next project. All of this hurriedness stresses people even more.
WOW! What an exhaustive list of self-care projects to undertake and where do you begin? Stay tuned for our next blog and we will share some ways to begin. Take this first step and look at yourself to see where your highest area of stress comes from.
Content courtesy of Deborah Jarrett Rabb,
Quinn Community Outreach Corporation - Program Director
BAD Chic Consulting & Creations – Sherwood, AR
Bible - NIV